40 years ago, in an attempt to get gas out of shale in Colorado, they drilled to 8,426 feet and detonated an atomic bomb that produced a 43-kiloton blast (about three Hiroshima bombs). That did frack some gas up:
“It released 455 million cubic feet of natural gas, which was too radioactive to be used.”
Thanks to Ed Quillen for that walk down memory lane and for the following nugget, which perfectly depicts the situation here in Texas with industry’s paid protectors, the Texas Railroad Commission:
the industry prefers state governments because they’re easier to bully by packing hearings and mocking efforts to protect wildlife, along with spreading lies about how regulations, instead of low market prices, have reduced drilling and related employment.
Quillen issues a little more history that relates to the recent Barnett Shale earthquakes:
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Cleburne, Texas, which sits amid much fracking for natural gas, has experienced a “wave of small earthquakes.” There is no proof of a connection, but it does bring up anotherColorado memory from the 1960s. Starting in 1962, Denver suffered a spate of earthquakes, including a 5.3 tremor in 1967 that caused more than $1 million in damage.
What caused the quakes? Injecting fluids into a deep well at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal just north of the city — that is, pretty much the same thing as fracking.
So it is an activity that should be monitored closely, no matter whether we’re worried about clean water or stable ground.