Hello, I'm an evil geologist working in the the evil oil & gas exploration industry. You guys are so brainwashed by the media its ridiculous. Oil &
gas exploration is so extremely regulated with environmental protectionism it isn't even fathomable for someone on the outside to understand yet
comprehend. As we speak I'm on Ensign drilling rig #87 drilling a natural gas horizontal well in the Jean Marie formation 1490mTVD, -971,2m subsea
level. You guys really have to stop perpetuating the myth that oil & gas companies are evil entities bent on the destruction of the planet.
There are some many environmental regulations enforced it is almost impossible to cause any environmental damage.
You go in survey the land on Quads & snowmobiles & on foot. Then a siesmic crew goes in sets off depth charges and recording the data looking for
siesmic anomalies that may contain oil & gas pockets. Some geologists pour over the data and determine if anything is even there worth chasing. This
prevents mass destruction of the environment and narrows down targets. When a suitable location is determined a land lease is surveyed closest to
civilization as possible where a dirt road is constructed in order to access this drilling location. Yes some trees are cut down but guess what, they
grow back. A land lease is granted by the goverment at a huge cost I might add. Then a drilling rig is moved onto location along with a small
portable camp for workers. A supplies are trucked or flown in along with the drilling crews, engineers, MWD & directional drillers, Geologists & tool
pushes. They go in drill a well evaluate it and determine it it is profitable or a duster. It takes only a couple of weeks. There is absolutley no
environmental damage what so ever.
The ground is scraped clean down to the clay and made flat & level. The top soil is spread to the edge of the lease out of harms way. The rig does
it work and is removed, any spills which are very rare are immediately removed including a simple oil spot from a truck on location that has a
The top soil is spread back on the location and trees are replanted. Within a couple of years you can't even tell man was there except for a small
dirt trail. All that is left is a tiny well head or pump jack directing production into a pipeline which is burried under groud. All the animals are
fine and not in harms way. All garbage & human waste & waste water is stored in tanks and removed. The environment police come and check out every
single location and hand out extremely expensive fines like a huge portion of royalties generated from the well itself and poured directly into the
Believe you me the oil & gas industry has completely cleaned up its act in the western world where it is regulated. Now in third world countries its
a differnt story but thats not Alaska now is it. Drilling for oil & gas is a good thing for alaska. Besides Alaskans want jobs so where is it any
bodies business in California or New York to decide what is done in another state.
Besides a paper mill, shoes factory, blue jean textile plant, animal processing plant, fertillizer plant, actually cause more environmental damage and
are subject to the same regulations. Go to an old oil & gas field and look for yourself. After 50 years everything man made is gone or been moved to
a new field and the original habitat grows back.
Besides where do you think plastic comes from anyways. OIL!!!
All your modern technology is made out of plastic. You computer, cell phone, your Ipod mp3 player. your medical equipment. Absolutely everything now
adays is made out of plastic or has plastic components.
Plasitc comes from petroleum as does fertilizer, medication, food, absolutely everything. Your whole way of life exists because of oil. You can't
have multi million person cities without a food supply. How do you think that food gets from Iowa to NewYork. How does your cattle get from texas to
California? By diesal powered semi trucks & trains. Diesal comes from oil!!
You people are always spewing the same old crap about oil companies and your the reason they exist in the first place. Your lifestyle creates the
demand for oil which lead to war in the middle east. I can't really see you people moving to the country and living off the land. I can't see you
giving up basketball & Football games or rock & rap concerts. I can't see you only walking for the rest of your life so just shut up already. You
are ****** for spewing the same old anti oil crap thats been going on for the past 40 years becuase your not going to change the way or where you
[edit on 22-1-2005 by BattleofBatoche]