There were two fracking blowouts today.
When they are fracking one well and the oil blows out of another well it’s means there was communication out of the zone. That seems to be what happened in the blowout in Canada today.
Hydraulic fracturing fingered in oil well blowout
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“We don’t know the details yet … but my understanding is that it appears the fracturing process affected the other well,” said board spokeswoman Cara Tobin, Monday.
The incident could have repercussions around North America as the industry grapples with rising public discontent over rapidly increasing use of the technology to unlock shale gas and oil reserves.
Communication between zones happened in the area where Tim and Christine Ruggiero lived. That’s one reason the EPA picked that area to study.
Don Bester, president of the Alberta Surface Rights Group, is worried the accelerated rate of multi-staged hydraulic fracturing in Alberta could eventually affect water resources underground.
“We’re concerned that these things are going to start damaging aquifers,” said Bester, a retired petroleum engineer. “If they can hit another well, like this one here, what if they communicate and put all that frac fluid into an aquifer and destroy it.”
“Fracks propagate out so far that if they hit one of these natural fracture systems, they will just follow that natural channel straight up from a high pressure zone to a low pressure zone,” Bester said.
There was also an off shore blowout on the coast of Nigeria. More hydrocarbons in the ocean.