Schlumberger popularized the term “hydraulic fracturing,” which they, being French, referred to as a “frac.” Catch is you cannot conjugate “frac” in English, since the past tense comes out as “fraced” (as in faced) and the gerund or present participle as “fracing” (like lacing). So the industry added an apostrophe to signify the missing 'k" as in "frac'ing" or added an extra “c” to make it “fraccing” and “fracced” – all by way of trying to avoid the phonetically correct English word “frack” … [Read more...] about Putting Lipstick on the Fracking Pig. Frackers Abandon “Fracc’ing”
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Tom Wilber covers the Cornell Shale Show scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 30th at Hollister Hall at 7. Some responses below. Friday, October 25, 2013 Will Utica, Marcellus Remain Non-Starters in Empire State? New Theory Holds Geology, Not Politics, Thwarts NY fracking A collection of factors stalled the Pennsylvania shale gas rush at the New York state border, including grass roots opposition, a market glut, the threat of local bans and -- above all -- the state’s reluctance to complete … [Read more...] about Tom Wilber’s Prequel to Cornell Shale Show
How much shale gas could be produced in NY? Researchers and industry experts to present new analysis at Cornell University. https://www.facebook.com/events/173310952860940/ Ithaca, N.Y— Lou Allstadt and Chip Northrup, experts in drilling technologies and the economics of the gas industry, along with Jerry Acton, a systems engineer, and geologist Brian Brock, will give a free presentation on assessing the potential for shale gas drilling in New York State. Having studied 5 years of shale gas … [Read more...] about How Much Shale Gas Is There in New York ?
Update - Jerry Acton's model is out online Lecture at Cornell on October 30th on the potential for Marcellus and Utica shale oil and gas production in New York. Former Mobil Senior Vice President Lou Allstadt, retired Lockheed Martin Systems Analyst, US Naval Academy Graduate and Viet Nam Vet Jerry Acton, Brian Brock retired geologist, and James "Chip" Northrup will present industry data, geological data, government data and their own analysis on the potential for gas and oil production from … [Read more...] about Shale Gas Potential in New York
Elected Officials to Protect New York April 23, 2014 Over the past few months, Elected Officials to Protect New York—a group of more than 800 local elected officials from all 62 New York State counties—have passed resolutions in municipalities across the state urging renewed caution on fracking and touting municipal support for the growing opportunities presented by renewable energy for New York State. A group of elected officials held a press conference in Albany yesterday to release … [Read more...] about 800+ Elected Officials Urge Gov. Cuomo to Continue Fracking Moratorium
A DOE test well in Pennsylvania has proven that a frack can travel up to almost 2,000 feet. Which means that a frack can contaminate an aquifer - if the separation between the two is less than 2,000 feet. Immediately. That means that any fracked horizontal lateral that is closer than 2,000 feet to any aquifer may have already contaminated that aquifer. No longer a matter of "if" - just how many have been contaminated and by how much. The proposed separation between a frack and an aquifer in … [Read more...] about DOE: Fracks Can Hit Aquifers !
Have read several accounts of how "we" banned fracking in New York, how "you (fractavists)" banned fracking and at least one thinly veiled "How I" banned fracking, plus the usual assortment of why Cuomo banned fracking from the main stream media, some of whom have gotten this about half right. The net result is a kind of Rashomon Effect - different observers see the same scene but report it quite differently, in some cases ignoring some of the other players entirely. You are entitled to your … [Read more...] about The Fracking Rashomon Effect: Why New York Banned but California and Maryland Didn’t
Keith Schue - with Lou Allstadt and Dr. Ron Bishop - has written many remarkably comprehensive responses to the proposed fracking regulations. Am mighty proud of these guys for stepping up to the plate on this. Have posted copies of their snail mail responses here: http://www.scribd.com/northrup49/documents And have added them, categorized by section here: SourceWatch site on New York Fracking Regulations here They are done as snail mail responses to the DEC, and would heartily … [Read more...] about Snail Mail Comments on the Fracking Regs.
The Frack Myth Busters presented our views of New York's shale gas prospects to the Senators, including Sen Latimer, Krueger, Avella and Tkaczyk. There was an audience of about 50, including reporters, a few fracking lobbyists, DEC staff, and fractavists - Clare Donahue, Julia Walsh, John Armstrong, Clark Rhodes, etc. Lou's summary of our presentation's conclusions are here: Excerpts from Sen. Avella's Forum The stars of the show were Yvonne Taylor, Beth Radow and Jannette Barth = who … [Read more...] about Senate Forum on the Economic Realities of Fracking in New York
Was on a panel with Colgate's Professor Bruce Selleck in Utica, and he struck me as perhaps a closet frackademic, Terry Engelder Lite. This became apparent when he defended New York’s lack of a severance tax as being unexceptional (it is not), which had much to do with shale shilling and little to do with the geology, which he was empaneled to address. So was not surprised by his reaction to the work presented on New York's shale gas potential at Cornell. Bruce Selleck is evidently just another … [Read more...] about Bruce Selleck – Frackademic ?