Posts Tagged ‘natural gas’

Gasland II: Doubling Down on Wrong

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Source:  Townhall

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While natural gas production is helping to lead an economic recovery and secure America’s energy future, the technology that has generated stunning production increases is also attracting its share of hysteria. Despite the fact that hydraulic fracturing has been used safely the past 60 years in more than 1.2 million wells without a single case of groundwater contamination, natural gas critics have sought to convince the public that it is a new, dangerous technology. One prominent foe is amateur filmmaker Josh Fox, who makes a number of meritless claims about unconventional shale gas in his 106-minute film, Gasland.

Just in time for the build-up to the election, Fox’s Gasland II is in production and is expected to air on HBO this fall. If the first Gasland is any indicator, the 2012 sequel promises not to let the truth get in the way of a good story. (more…)

Hydraulic fracturing opponents misrepresent facts to protect their ideologies and agendas

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Source:  SPPI

What the frack is going on here?

Hydraulic fracturing opponents misrepresent facts to protect their ideologies and agendas

by Paul Driessen

Hydraulic fracturing sends “huge volumes of toxic fluids” deep underground at high pressure, to fracture shale rock and release natural gas, Food & Water Watch claims. “Billions of gallons of toxic fluids” will “contaminate” groundwater and drinking water “for generations.” We need to “Ban Fracking Now.”

Environmentalists used to support “clean natural gas.” Whence the intolerant new attitude?

Oil companies have been using hydraulic fracturing for 60 years to get the most petroleum possible from grudging rock formations deep beneath the Earth. A few years ago, Mitchell Energy and others combined HF with horizontal drilling to tap into hydrocarbon-rich shale deposits that previously refused to surrender their energy riches. Countless fracking operations later, the results have been spectacular. (more…)

Wind Power: Questionable Benefits, Concealed Impacts

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Source:  TownHall

by Paul Driessen

America is running out of natural gas. Prices will soar, making imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and T Boone Pickens’ wind farm plan practical, affordable and inevitable. That was then.

Barely two years later, America (and the world) are tapping vast, previously undreamed-of energy riches – as drillers discover how to produce gas from shale, coal and tight sandstone formations, at reasonable cost. They do it by pumping a water, sand and proprietary chemical mixture into rocks under very high pressure, fracturing or “fracking” the formations, and keeping the cracks open, to yield trapped methane. (more…)

Natural Gas Debate

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Source: The Economist

by Robert Bryce

This house believes that natural gas will do more than renewables to limit the world’s carbon emissions.

Implicit in the arguments put forward by Steve Sawyer are assumptions that governments have infinite supplies of money and land. They do not.

Governments around the world are cutting renewable subsidies. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is cutting its 35% renewables goal because it has no science or “economic means testing” to support it. Spain and Germany are slashing solar subsidies. Meanwhile, Europol is investigating a €5 billion fraud within the EU’s Emission Trading System.

Were we debating energy subsidies, I would eagerly argue for elimination. Let power sources compete, fair field, no favour. Renewable-energy lobbyists will not agree because their industry depends on taxpayer cash. While the $500 billion-700 billion in hydrocarbon subsidies cited by Mr Sawyer is notable and tawdry, the essential question is the rate of subsidisation. And that is where the fiscal foolishness—and even the immorality—of much of the renewables parade stands naked. (more…)