Have had some more fun with this grab-bag of misfits that $hill for shale, Energy In Depth
Comments on their article about me below:
“The Ordinary Opinions of James “Chip” Northrup
2012 March 9 by EID Special Correspondent
“Sitting on a porch near the edge of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York sits James “Chip” Northrup, discussing what has become the preeminent issue of upstate New York–hydraulic fracturing. With green tree leaves shimmering from a summer breeze in the background, Northrup, middle aged with a soft spoken Texas drawl, introduces himself as an oil and gas industry insider, someone who worked in the industry for 30 years. He speaks intelligently and presents himself with authority, claiming that he “has some background with the technology” of hydraulic fracturing. Mr. Northrup has become a celebrity on the anti-drilling speaking circuit and with media outlets–someone from “industry” who isn’t afraid to discuss the evils of hydraulic fracturing.”
(Or the inanity of fracking $hills . . .)
“On that sunny afternoon in August 2010, Mr. Northrup, who “summers in Cooperstown” and “winters in Dallas” where he is from, shared some startling allegations. He said that contrary to what the industry will tell you, fracking or “tight rock” formations requires upward of 15,000 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure–the same pressure found six miles below the ocean’s surface in the Mariana Trench. According to Northrup, that’s “about 30 times the pressure of an air bomb or thermobaric bomb used in Afghanistan or Iraq.” Mr. Northrup says with one to three million gallons of fluid at that high pressure, you are effectively exploding a bomb underneath the ground–a “horizontal pipe bomb.”
As opposed to a real bomb – a real nuclear bomb
That industry and the feds tried on shale before Halliburton invented slick water horizontal fracking:
“In the interview he warns that New York is geologically different from other shale drilling locations, like Texas. In Texas, underground faults are few and well documented from seismic mapping. But in New York, there are lots of naturally occurring faults or cracks that can go all the way from bedrock up to the earth’s surface, and New York is seismically active–meaning lots of earthquakes creating new faults.”
Just like the geologists say NYS is – riddled with poorly mapped faults :
“Northrup said that New York’s underground faults are not well mapped and odds are that a driller will hit a fault and not know it until it’s too late. ”
Exactly like the USGS recently said in their letter to the DEC:
“The revised dSGEIS references the State-wide map of faults and lineaments by Isachsen and McKendree (1977). A more detailed mapping of lineaments in New York’s Appalachian basin was completed by EarthSat (1997) for the New York Energy Research and Development Authority. Through an integrated analysis of lineament, geologic, geophysical, and seismic epicenter data, Jacobi (2002) concluded that there are more faults in New York’s Appalachian Basin than previously suspected, and that many of these faults are seismically active. ”
The USGS confirms all the other studies and commentaries on the subject of faulting and seismic probability.
“When hydraulic fracturing fluid–water and sand and chemicals–is pumped into the well to “prop open” the small fractures made in hydraulic fracturing, that fluid along with methane (natural gas) has the potential to escape into those natural faults and travel up to aquifers, eventually contaminating people’s water wells, springs and nearby lakes. He said that once hydraulic fracturing fluid gets into drinking water, it’s game over. It’s impossible to get chemical and methane contamination out of an aquifer.”
Which of course, is what happened in Wyoming :
And quite commonly with gas wells – they release methane into groundwater
“In numerous interviews and public speaking appearances, Chip Northrup paints a bleak, nightmare scenario of what will happen if fracking is allowed to begin in upstate New York. And because he is accorded the status of expert due to his “30 years” in the oil and gas industry, well, who are we to argue?”
(they are fracking shills paid for by the gas industry, that’s who . . . )
“When speaking, Chip Northrup seems to have a great deal of detailed knowledge about hydraulic fracturing. But where does that knowledge come from? Most people would agree if you have a degree in geology or the physical sciences, that would qualify you as an expert. In addition, if you have a long history of practical, hands-on experience, that also would qualify you as an expert. Chip claims to be a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry, so let’s examine his credentials. Chip has a bachelors degree from Brown University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. We don’t know what Chip’s undergraduate major was in, but we know that his MBA was in accounting. You typically don’t get an advanced accounting degree without first obtaining an undergraduate degree in the same field, so it’s a pretty good guess that Chip’s undergraduate degree was something other than the physical sciences–likely accounting or business. So it appears he had no college training in the physical sciences or engineering–his status as an expert on hydraulic fracturing technology does not come from academe.”
Most of it based on citations from peer-reviewed-articles, white papers, industry and government studies. Check it out:
(My father:) “Lynn Northrup’s experiments eventually led him into solar technology, spurred on by the Arab Oil Embargo and high oil prices in the early 1970s. The ever-active inventor Lynn, along with other experts he had hired at the renamed Northrup Energy, made break-through discoveries in solar technology. In the late 1970s, Lynn sold Northrup Energy to Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and the new subsidiary was called ARCO Solar. In the early 1980s, ARCO Solar was sold first to Seimens, and eventually to British Petroleum. BP Solar, still around today, has become the largest solar photovoltaic company in the world, built on the early success and innovations of Lynn’s company.”
EID is quoting verbatim from a Wiki article that I wrote . . .
Re a real estate project: “In 1992, after years of lawsuits, a judge ruled in favor of the Mayhews and Northrups, ordering Sunnyvale to pay them $8.5 million. The town’s entire yearly budget at the time was $1 million. The town appealed, and in 1998 the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Sunnyvale, finally settling the matter, but not before the town had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal fees.”
Ask me about “takings” claims – something I know a bit about . . . more than most fracking shill lawyers in NYS
There are no valid takings claims in New York against towns regarding fracking.
None in Dryden, none in Middlefield. Not even close. You heard that from an expert . . .
“Chip also serves on the board of Otsego 2000, a non-profit group in the Cooperstown area where Chip owns a summer home. Otsego 2000 is actively attempting to stop gas drilling in New York State and Chip has written and spoken on their behalf in that effort.”
Resigned from Otsego 2000’s board over a year ago. Speak for myself. (Unlike the paid frak flaks at EID)
“But one has to wonder, what exactly was the original deal with ARCO? And now with BP Solar? Do Chip and dad Lynn still own stock in that enterprise? If they do have solar investments, those investments would certainly be at risk from an abundance of natural gas from shale.”
A conspiracy ? Really ? That’s their conclusion ? That I’m an agent provocateur for BP Solar ?
I invested in oil and gas rigs and oil & gas production for the last 30 years. No interest in BP Solar, alas.
The shale shills at EID are good for a few laughs and some free publicity. So here’s to that.
Otherwise, EID’s slinking around from town to town has not met with much success in Upstate New York
Check out the map of Upstate towns that have taken action. Tell it to the map ;