Blog #664 Fracking – part I

Fracking – is it a hazard?

Fracking?  For the next couple of days, I’m going to be looking at a controversial concept of fracking

Let’s get the definite from the Texans for Natural Gas link (realize that this seems to be a pro-fracking group)

“What is fracking?

“Simply put, fracking allows companies to produce more oil and natural gas. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Texas’ annual oil production increased by over 225 percent from 2007 to 2017 thanks to fracking. The process involves injecting water deep into the ground to crack rock, which allows more oil or natural gas to flow. On average, the process only takes about three to five days to complete. Once the well is “completed,” it is ready to produce oil and natural gas for years to come.”


Okay, we use a lot of oil and natural gas – so getting a 225 percent increase in 10 years from using fracking is good for getting energy.

Speaking out of both sides of my mouth – I use purchased energy everyday.  I’m sitting at my computer (using electricity), with a lamp (using electricity), in a home that uses energy for cooling in the summer and energy for heat in the winter.  I use a stove to cook food (using energy), make coffee (using energy) and many other things.

If we can make existing natural gas and oil wells more productive by fracking, it sounds like a good idea.  Is fracking causing minor earthquakes? More on that tomorrow!!

But, I prefer using renewable energy is possible.  Ancient man mastered fire – for cooking and heat – but used wood (and other renewable items) for the energy.  


Back to the article:

“What’s in Fracking Fluid?

Over 99 percent of fracking fluid is water and sand. The other additives are things you’ll also find under your kitchen sink. One of the most prevalent additives is guar, which is an emulsifying agent that’s also found in ice cream, toothpaste, and numerous other products.”


And, a quote from a May 2nd, 2019 Homeland Security bulletin:

“Small earthquakes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas can be linked to hydraulic fracturing wells in those regions, according to researchers. While relatively rare compared to earthquakes caused by wastewater disposal in oil and gas fields in the central United States, the researchers  have identified more than 600 small earthquakes (between magnitude 2.0 and 3.8) in these states.”

And, another comment about the size of earthquakes (i.e. Richter Scale)

“4.0 — Buildings shake a little. It feels like a truck is passing by your house. 3.0 — You may notice this quake if you are sitting still, or upstairs in a house. … 1.0 —Earthquakes this small happen below ground.”


That seems to imply that a micro earthquake from 2.0 to 4.0 will hardly be felt (like a truck driving by).  

What do you think?  Is fracking good, bad, or in-between?

See you tomorrow!!!

Posted by Bruce White

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