Originally posted by PuterMan
reply to post by rival
Wells that are being frac'ed use about 150 truckloads of water and sand...ONCE.
And that water comes right back up within a month.
Do you have any knowledge of the propane gel they are experimenting with, which apparently has a nerve agent in it which thickens the gel?
I have to say I don't like the sound of it al all.
Sorry, meant to ask how many gallons is a truckload?
edit on 23/10/2012 by PuterMan because: (no reason given)
Gel is frowned upon. I've never heard of propane gel. The idea behind using gel is to help
suspend the frac-sand in the solution so that the cracks from frac'ing are held open more
Gel is used very little because it is not cost effective. Disposals don't want it, so companies
pay extra disposal fees at special sites. That means they are also paying me extra to drive
farther both ways....it is used very little and is non-toxic. There is no MSDS on the gel solution.
That is not to say, that there isn't something harmful in it, but the guys with suits at OSHA
aren't concerned about it, and THOSE guys are tough on anything safety related....real tough.
A truckload of water is about 7000 gallons.
Once again (and I wish I could get this thru to you activists) frac'ing is not what you should be attacking.
If you think it is bad, put a stop to the permitting of disposals.
Here's how it works. A well is fracked. 150 truckloads of water go down the hole. A month later
150 truckloads of sandy water comes back up and then the well is put into production.
Once production begins (well starts producing gas) residual water from the frack-job
comes up with the gas, BUT, more water comes up than went down....ALOT more.
So an average well has 150 truckloads pumped down (and that amount quickly comes back up
and is disposed) and then the residual water productions begins. I have seen wells produce
twenty (this is extreme) truckloads of extra-water a day, for years. So there is water down there
already. A general average is three truckloads a day for the life of the well. This is ALOT
of waste water.
So what do we do with it?
We take it to disposals, which are wells dug according to Railroad Commission rules and oversight
that pump all this water beneath the aquifer. LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of it. In purpose and
intent, a disposal is a continual frac job, never ending. We dispose of 150 truckloads a day at these
sites ever day. That means Sunday, and Saturday, and Labor day, and Thanksgiving....we don't
even skip Christmas. In my area there are twenty disposals, and when I say that there are literal
lakes of water beneath some of these, I am actually being literal.
150 truckloads is 150 times 7000 gallons times 365 times several years, (in some cases decades).
That's more water than it takes to fill an olympic-sized pool pumped into the ground
at a static site. And that's every day normal, business as usual....that's the elephant in the room.