reply to post by JonnyMnemonic
So how do we bottle it? How do we contain it? I know burning methane would allow it to enter the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, which is a much
better alternative. Is this a possibility or not? I know you've said that you think it may be too late already...it seems we just allow these chain
reactions to fuel the chain reaction.
I believe your right that it's too late to do anything about fracking. It's created a heck of a lot of jobs, saved a lot of money for folks on gas
bills which is a good thing when the economy is down and people need that extra help and the future of natural gas looks very bright for America.
We're the world's #1 producer and only a few countries are using right now but that's about to change and several American companies are currently
working on transporting it oversees. Obama holds several applications on his desk right now to blow this industry up and that means big bucks for
America. But, that's also scary to think that hydrolic fracking is still only in its beginning stages if this is going to contribute a heck of a lot
more to the methane release.
Here's some info on the process of fracking - but first a couple of points...they go thousands of feet deeper than usual natural gas wells...they use
multiple chemicals in their cocktail...the chemical cocktail mixed with water and sand hits the shale in a high pressure explosion that blasts the
The methane is captured but as the article in my previous post points out, in two different studies 4% in Denver and 9% in Utah, is escaping into the
atmosphere. This is just two fields studied. It's said that for methane gas to be better than coal emissions it has to be less than 3.2% that
Fracking: The Process
Fracking - also called hydro-fracking or, officially, horizontal drilling coupled with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing - is a relatively new process
of natural gas extraction. Here's a step-by-step look:
A well is drilled vertically to the desired depth, then turns ninety degrees and continues horizontally for several thousand feet into the shale
believed to contain the trapped natural gas.
A mix of water, sand, and various chemicals is pumped into the well at high pressure in order to create fissures in the shale through which the gas
Natural gas escapes through the fissures and is drawn back up the well to the surface, where it is processed, refined, and shipped to market.
Wastewater (also called "flowback water" or "produced water") returns to the surface after the fracking process is completed. In Michigan, this
water is contained in steel tanks until it can be stored long-term by deep injection in oil and gas waste wells.
Fracking is fundamentally different than traditional gas extraction methods.
Fracking wells go thousands of feet deeper than traditional natural gas wells.
Fracking requires between two and five million gallons of local freshwater per well - up to 100 times more than traditional extraction methods.
Fracking utilizes "fracking fluid," a mix of water, sand, and a cocktail of toxic chemicals. While companies performing fracking have resisted
disclosure of the exact contents of the fracking fluid by claiming that this information is proprietary, studies of fracking waste indicate that the
fluid contains: formaldehyde, acetic acids, citric acids, and boric acids, among hundreds of other chemical contaminants.