Celebrities are now upset about fracking, the injection of chemicals into the ground to crack rocks to release oil and gas. With everyone saying they want alternatives to foreign oil, I´d think celebrities would love fracking. I´d be wrong. Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and their group, Artists Against Fracking, don´t feel the love. Yoko sang, "Don´t frack me!" on TV. Stopping fracking is the latest cause of the silly people. They succeeded in getting scientifically ignorant politicians to ban fracking in New York, Maryland and Vermont. Hollywood gave an Oscar to "Gasland," a documentary that suggests fracking
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rod reese, 3/13/2013 9:17:25 AM (No. 9222416)
I work in the oil and gas industry. Frack away! And our stupid government needs to get out of the way of the XL pipeline. It would be great for energy and great for jobs. Most of the people against fracking are nitwits who know nothing about the industry. They´re about "causes", and publicity.
I´ve learned a good bit about the fracking industry and process through my son, a newly graduated mining and minerals engineer. His company mines and processes the high grade silica sand used to break up the shale. There are so many regulations and safety standards that must be met - hello stupid Hollywood celebrities - when you can come to the table and talk about this intelligently and factually (yeah, like that will ever happen), let me know. I would die happy if I could witness my no-nonsense, highly practical and intelligent son (yes, proud mama here) who graduated with high GPA from a top-tier engineering school sit down with Lady Gaga (give me a frackin break! or Yoko Ono - Lord help me) and systematically shoot down every vague and unscientific claim they are making against a form of energy that is clean, safe, and will provide jobs for untold Americans.
FTA - Even some homeowners who filed a lawsuit claiming that their water was poisoned by fracking weren´t happy to learn that their water is safe. I´d think they would be delighted, but "FrackNation" shows a couple reacting with outrage when environmental officials test their water and find it clean.
Angry because they didn´t win the taxpayer funded lottery. I can only imagine how many times they spent the millions of dollars their "environmentalist" liyer told them they would win for the "damages" to their wittle bitty self-esteem.
Fracking does not involve explosions. It involves pumping large volumes of water with a few chemicals and sand miles underground. The pressure of the water breaks up the rock, these days shale, and allows the oil and gas to flow in. The chemicals are so "dangerous" that the governor of Colorado, the Looper, actually drank them. He may be an idiot, but he knows what fracking means to his state.
Really large scale cracking was pushed by OSHA to releas the natural gas from coal beds to make it safe to mine. Cracking is done with acidic water containing particle of suspended sand to prop up the cracks formed by the pressure surge create by very large pumps.
Texas has 150,000+ oil wells. Probably at least half of them have been hydro-fractured at least once. Btw ... historical note ... explosives *were* used ... long ago, pre WW2. They would pour liquid nitroglycerin into well, let it soak into the micro-fissures a while and then set it off. Crude, but it worked.
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