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The Florida Everglades has become the latest region to react against oil drillers and fracking, a technique that has spurred worries about earthquakes and water contamination across the country.
Concerns about an “enhanced extraction procedure” that conservationists in South Florida likened to fracking led an oil drilling firm to be slapped with a cease-and-desist order, face scrutiny from a U.S. senator and be questioned by residents about water supply safety. The company, however, contends that it is not using hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.
Dan A. Hughes contended in a statement Thursday that what it had done in December was an acid stimulation, commonly known as acidizing -- not fracking.
The company said acid stimulation, which involves injecting hydrochloric or hydrofluoric acids to dissolve oil-bearing rock, has been done for 50 years in Florida, including by authorities constructing water wells.
Dan A. Hughes noted that it had completed a similar procedure last summer. But this time around, workers also injected what it described as a “modest volume” of water and sand “under enough pressure to prevent the formation from closing in on itself.” The exact mix is considered a trade secret.
In hydraulic fracturing, a mixture of mostly water and sand is blasted into rocks to free oil and natural gas.
originally posted by: Firefly_
They wont care who's lives they destroy and how much of the planet they poison, as long as they turn a profit. This is how these monsters operate.
originally posted by: TDawgRex
a reply to: Nyiah
With all the sinkholes in Florida...these people have been smoking something.
They're going to end up sinking that State. There are lawyers just salivating at the idea of fracking and the laws suits that will bring them the big bucks.
The method of extraction will be via “acid fracking” – the type of unconventional process proposed for the Monterey Shale in California – not hydraulic fracturing using water. Florida is underlain by limestone bedrock. Acid-fracking in this sort of geology creates cracks in the rock by dissolving the calcium carbonate, allowing trapped gas to escape.
In April 2013, in conjunction with the well permitting plan, 31 neighbors near the proposed well received notices that they were living in a “hydrogen sulfide evacuation zone.” Hydrogen sulfide is a often released from gas-bearing rock formations during drilling.
Most oil companies will say little in public about acidizing. They don't want to reveal too much information to their competitors, each of which has its own methods and chemical formula. They also don't want to draw the attention of the state's powerful environmental lobby.
But environmentalists have noticed anyway. So have California lawmakers.
Source: Acidizing could rival fracking in Monterey Shale
Drillers have been pouring acid down oil wells for more than a century, using it to dissolve the underground drilling debris that surrounds new wells. Acid can also clean out hydrocarbon deposits that gum up older wells.
In the Monterey Shale, however, oil companies are using larger amounts of hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids to open tiny channels in the rock around each well. Those channels allow oil trapped within the rock to flow into the well.
Florida Power and Light (FPL) is constructing a 600-mile natural gas pipeline that will consist of two (2) segments.
The first segment, which is being built by Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, will originate in southwestern Alabama and cross Florida into the following counties, Madison, Hamilton, Suwannee, Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Lake, Sumter, Orange Polk and Osceola. This first segment will terminate at a new hub in Central Florida just south of Orlando.
The second segment, which will be built by Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, will start at the Central Florida hub cross into the counties of Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and terminate at the existing FPL clean energy plant in MartinCounty.
The Florida Public Service Commission approved construction of this pipeline, which will be the state's third natural gas pipeline, on Thursday October 24th. The last step in the process is approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).