These Are the Fracks, Folks !

Anti-fracking politicians have proved themselves economic know-nothings and energy know-nothings.

Hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking or fracking) is a process of pumping water, mixed with a fraction of a percent of chemicals, into wells at least 3,000 feet beneath the surface, considerably lower than the water tables.

 Abundant natural gas obtained through hydrofracking has made alternate forms of energy increasingly irrelevant. The alternative known as ethanol uses more petroleum than it saves. Those squiggly light bulbs cost more, produce less light and the mercury inside makes them dangerous if broken. At the same time, there’s been a sharp decline in natural gas prices, thanks to the states that do allow fracking.  

So why do some New York elected officials and candidates seeking election demonize fracking?  Because those who worship the god of man-made global warming want us to use costlier alternatives. They want to create an artificial market for the alternatives by making fossil fuel more expensive on the false assumption it will save the planet.  

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Aidan July 09, 2012 at 01:35 PM
History is a testimony to man's inventiveness and adaptability. This energy issue will resolve itself. The essential question is who will supply the impetus for effective, economical change. That sort of question has almost always been reserved for private enterprise. That where innovation comes from. The follow-up inquiry is in regard to the role of government. Government's role should not be to compete with the private sector. And it should not begin a sort of "command " economic lurch. Government should highlight the issue and then clear the deck of as many roadblocks as is practical ... and let the market find a solution that is compatible with need and cost. it is NOT the role of government to micromanage the process ... only to facilitate the process. Most of the government's recent efforts to choose winners or losers in this regard have been failures because those ideas seem to be void of the most important element: they're not cost effective and, in many cases, practical. If it was truly doable ... we'd all have pocket energy gizmos at the ready. Unleash creativity and provide incentives and the problem will find lots of willing entrepreneurs. And they'll find solutions. The government has no such track record.
Aidan July 09, 2012 at 01:43 PM
And ... the entire process needs more patience than we're exhibiting. No one discounts the need for energy independence. But the public will not substitute ineffective choices for unrefined, pie-in-the-sky solutions based on a theory that we're all destroying the planet and martyring wildlife. The appeal has to be more human-based because humans always conduct themselves in their self-interest. When a viable, cost-effective energy solution presents itself, well, it'll be embraced ... and private funding will do what it's always done: create a product or service that makes the old obsolete. That's been the cadence of mankind for time immemorial. My chips are on the private sector. They have a track record. Government does not.
INTHEKNOW August 06, 2012 at 02:16 AM
The faucet that caught fire in the movie "gasland" was not in Pennsylvania, but in Colorado. The Colorado DEP found that it was not a result of fracing, but of naturally occuring methane, and told it to the filmmaker, who left it in anyway, In many part of the country, if you throw a match on a pond, it will catch fire, this is from the natural release of methane gas from the earth.
Nummy August 06, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Katonah Municipal Well in 1978, at which time it was taken out of service. By 1979, the possible sources of the contamination were traced to four nearby dry cleaning establishments discharging process liquids to septic systems. The County worked with the owners to correct the problems and to remove the sources. Maintenance activities at the nearby pumphouse also contributed to contamination in the aquifer. In addition, the area surrounding the well and pumphouse had been historically used for the disposal of street cleaning debris. The Katonah Municipal Well is part of the Bedford Water and Storage System. The original Katonah Municipal Well had supplied approximately 6,000 residents with water for domestic use.
roncepts February 28, 2013 at 06:14 AM
FRACKING WASTEWATER ANALYSIS YIELDS SOME SURPRISES Duke University 01-24-2013 http://freshare.net/article/fracking_wastewater_analysis_yields_some_surprises/ Here's a great example of how to SPIN the facts: Report: frack uses 10X water per well than regular gas drilling; but, because wells are 30X more gas-productive, the statistic becomes, "far less water per unit of gas produced." Obviously an apologist for the industry, as are many here. Nevertheless, even this biased author has to admit, the treatment & disposal facilities are simply being overwhelmed-- a toxic backup for sure. About 80,000 gallons of water and chemicals are used in a each hydraulically fractured well-- and the incredible proliferation of wells-- thousands per PA county-- means ZILLIONS of gallons of the water that used to be drunk, fished from, or used for the lucrative tourist trade in the more pristine areas, now has to be DISPOSED of, with expensive treatment that YOU KNOW WHO is paying for (the gas cos. pay a mere token). The "fraction" of toxic chemicals is another spin. Would a billionth of a gram of arsenic make you feel any more safer?? The industry says these are merely chemicals found under any household's kitchen cabinet. OK-- would you want to drink those?? Once destroyed, a water resource is gone forever. A truly CONSERVATIVE approach would dictate erring on the sid of safety. roncepts


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