Originally posted by kdog1982
But,according to my buddy at work,whose son is in the business,they are dropping explosives down there.
I asked him several times about that and he was firm on his answer.
Folks,we are being lied to many times over.
Ok, really....have you ever
heard of any
kind of extensive mining/underground resource extraction procedure that doesn't
Oh wait, there is one....drilling for oil in the normal manner
...but of course that's bad for the environment, so we banned it.
So yes, fracking is the new gold rush, because it is an oil-extraction method that is too new to be bound and gagged by red tape. And it allows for
economically sustainable extraction of known oil reserves from shale and other porous minerals--reserves that were considered unusable until the
fracking technique came along--and as such those reserves are also, as of yet, unbound and un-gagged by red tape. So for a short while, everyone is
scrambling to fill a couple barrels while they can, to sell to the city power companies so people will be able to charge their Prius cars.
Not that I'm saying there aren't any downsides or side effects to fracking...it is entirely possible that it is an extremely dangerous practice for
any number of reasons. Then again, there are always risks when you remove mass amounts of heavy, pressurized fluid from beneath the earth.
Sometimes, that crude oil is the only thing supporting the ground above it (it is a hydraulic fluid, after all), and pumping it out so we can have gas
to take the kids to school and power for our computers so we can complain about fracking on ATS can sometimes result in sinkholes and surface-level
drops called subsidence
. The two most well-known and studied cases of
subsidence in the U.S. are in Houston, TX and Long Beach, CA:
Two oil fields have been particularly well studied: the Goose Creek oil field in Texas, and the Wilmington oil field in Long Beach Harbor,
California. Each is close to sealevel, so that the subsidence became obvious very quickly. Subsidence in the Wilmington oil field caused a great deal
of damage because it was in the center of a busy port and industrial area, and it can be used to demonstrate the problem most effectively. In the
greater Houston area, subsidence was first noticed over the Goose Creek oil field, but by now the area is having far greater problems with groundwater
pumping than it ever did with oil extraction.
The Wilmington anticline is a broad gentle structure about 5 km wide but 18 km long, running through the harbor of Long Beach, California. Oil was
discovered in the area in 1932, and extensive pumping began in the late 1930s. By 1942 there were 1000 producing wells in the Wilmington field.
Because the Wilmington field stands only a few feet above sea level, and is centered right in a major international harbor, subsidence was noticed by
the summer of 1941.It was not clear at first whether the subsidence was related to oil extraction, or to the numerous water wells that supplied the
city. Reports in 1947 and 1949 specifically related the subsidence to underground fluid extraction, however, with the oil extraction fingered as the
most likely agent. Oil production was still increasing at that time, and continued to do so until 1951: and pumping stayed at high levels for years.
The harbor area was particularly affected. It stood originally 510 feet above sealevel. By 1958, ground level had dropped by 27 feet in the center
of the field, and about 25 square miles of ground had dropped 2 feet or more. In other words, a large area of heavily industrialized city had sunk
appreciably, in places far below sea level, and in the process major industrial and port facilities were damaged, and the subsidence had required the
construction of protective levees and breakwaters. The bill was at least $100 million.
So yeah, weird stuff happens when you pull stuff out of the ground, whether it's oil, water, coal, gold, tin, or whatever. The history of mining and
prospecting and well-digging and oil-drilling and quarrying is full of strange occurrences and odd tales and crazy legends and terrible disasters.
Any one of you who has been hearing these rumbling noises may very well vanish at any moment, along with your house and your entire neighborhood, into
an Evil Hellpit of Haliburton. I live in Texas too, so I might see you down there. I'll bring an extra headlamp and my Jules Verne
collection, and we'll have a head-start on everyone in finding Agartha.
I'm sure the guys with the red tape will show up very soon to put a stop to all this domestic production, bustling industrial activity, and people
getting jobs in the oil-field nonsense. But in the meantime, I find the higher economic activity and the lower gas prices refreshing, so go easy on
those frackers, ok?