James (Chip) Northrup, former gas/oil industry planning manager discusses some of the major problems of using high-volume slick-water horizontal hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) gas drilling method in NY.
Quote by analyst Dave Pursel of oil and gas investment bank Tudor, Pickering & Holt:
"You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth! We live in a world that needs clean natural gas, and gas wells have to be frac’d by men with rigs and pumps. Who’s gonna do it? Microsoft? Apple? The energy industry has greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for your i-phone app, and you curse the frac crews. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know. That fossil energy fuels economic growth. And the existence of frac’ing, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, powers our economy. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about on Facebook, you want them on that frac, you need them on that frac. We use words like pressure, proppant, conductivity. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent producing gas. You use them as a punchline. We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to someone who takes a hot shower every morning using the natural gas that we provide, and then questions the manner in which we provide it. We would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a pipe wrench, and meet us on location. We have wells to frac!"
Wonder if he eats breakfast 300 yards from gas rigs and compressor stations?
Fitting that he would paraphrase a supreme egotist like Colonel Jessup.
It appears that idiotic and sociopathic are requirements for employment in the industry.
Pursel was quoted in a wrong-headed article in Forbes by Christopher Helman who thinks the industry is a reliable source of information on the environmental effects of gas drilling.
I guess Cabot was expecting trouble at thier picnic?
From Bill Huston's Blog:
"I was inside the big tent in Montrose. A man asked the question, "I haven't signed a lease. How do I know that drill bit isn't going under my land?"
As I was recording the Cabot engineer's response, Mr. George Stark pulled me aside and personally forbade me from recording audio or video of this event.I was suddenly surrounded by about 10 of his private security officers -- some were wearing sidearms!!! -- and they ordered me not to take any more video of the event under threat of arrest.
This was a public event on public property (Montrose HS). PA is a 2-party consent state for recording purposes, but only if the speakers have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Their harrassment of me was clearly illegal, and a violation of my First Amendment rights. I didn't want to press my luck and complied, and George assigned TWO of his security guards to follow me around to make sure I didn't shoot video."
(Bill took the time to compile information on George Stark)
About 10 people sat at the entrance of the picnic Saturday handing out literature advertising an anti-gas concert event. One was Julie Sautner, a Dimock resident that brought a plastic jug filled with dirty water from her ruined well. She said it was ripped out of her hand by security personnel and dumped out. She said her hand was bruised when the container was taken away. At the advice of her attorney, Sautner filed a harassment complaint Saturday with Pennsylvania State Police.
A new report catalogs a decade of serious oil spills, fires, leaks and loss of life over the last decade that National Wildlife Federation says underscores petroleum company malfeasance.
According to the report, from 2000 to 2010, the oil and gas industry accounted for hundreds of deaths, explosions, fires, seeps, and spills as well as habitat and wildlife destruction in the United States.
The report provides a sampling of thousands of on- and off-shore disasters of all types, large and small.
These examples from each year shed light on how the oil and gas industry has continued to show negligence and experience accidents all over the country.
I have received some objections to a phrase quoted in my previous post so I thought I'd take the time to comment. It has never been my nature to casually or indiscriminately use language commonly considered vulgar or in bad taste. In my entire life I never heard my parents swear - not once. Likewise, my daughters have never heard me swear. Of course I've always kept my eyes and ears open - my first summer out of high school I worked down here at the steel mill many years before it finally closed. When it comes to the
F-Word, steel mill workers can hold their own with anyone. And I've worked on many commercial construction sites and tradesmen can sure keep it going all day long. At least one F-Word per sentence and more in between.
Every day I search for plain spoken truth. When I find it and if it's relevant, I share it. I found what was for me a timely, important and insightful article by a man who is highly respected and widely regarded as one of the world's foremost environmentalists. Bill McKibben has spent over 20 years fighting for us all in the arena of global warming. He has authored over a dozen books, received numerous awards, has a young daughter, and teaches sunday school. He is another who has never casually or indiscriminately used the F-Word.
This is a man whose words should be heeded by everyone with serious environmental concerns, whether it be fracking in our state or the devastating and increasing use of carbon fuels around the world. I view his use of that phrase as symbolic of a new awakening - an epiphany of sorts brought on by the US Senate's failure to accomplish anything at all to help remedy what is probably our world's most serious threat. Using that phrase was for him a departure; intentional, direct and a perfect expression of a new level of anger that had risen within him.
In that context, and given his long years of effort and leadership, I found the phrase to be illuminating. I share his anger and my anger is growing with each new transgression - each new outrage. Getting mad isn't a decision or a choice - it's a natural and necessary reaction when the future of my children and their children is at stake. I have never in my life had the slightest interest in getting even. I only want to win and he knows better than anyone what it's going to take to give us our best chance.
(I have always been annoyed by my own lack of writing skills and for that I apologize - but I will always tell it exactly as I see it. This is a serious site dealing with a deadly serious problem. I do not "drop f-bombs".)
This from Bill McKibben whose words apply directly to We of the Marcellus and our battle which is part a much larger WAR.
"I wrote the first book for a general audience on global warming back in 1989, and I’ve spent the subsequent 21 years working on the issue. I’m a mild-mannered guy, a Methodist Sunday School teacher. Not quick to anger."
"So what I want to say is:
this is fucked up."
"The time has come to get mad, and then to get busy."
"For many years, the lobbying fight for climate legislation on Capitol Hill has been led by a collection of the most corporate and moderate environmental groups, outfits like the Environmental Defense Fund. We owe them a great debt, and not just for their hard work. We owe them a debt because they did everything the way you’re supposed to: they wore nice clothes, lobbied tirelessly, and compromised at every turn."
"The result: total defeat, no moral victories."
"So now we know what we didn’t before: making nice doesn’t work. It was worth a try, and I’m completely serious when I say I’m grateful they made the effort, but it didn’t even come close to working. So we better try something else."
"Step one involves actually talking about global warming."
"Step two, we have to ask for what we actually need, not what we calculate we might possibly be able to get."
"Yes, these things are politically hard, but they’re not impossible."
"Which leads to the third step in this process. If we’re going to get any of this done, we’re going to need a movement, the one thing we haven’t had."
"And since we’ll never have the cash to compete with Exxon, we better work in the currencies we can muster: bodies, spirit, passion."
"... the problem was that the public never got mobilized."
"We need to shame them, starting now. And we need everyone working together. This movement is starting to emerge on many fronts."
"Kids are leading the fight, all over the world -- they have to live on this planet for another 70 years or so, and they have every right to be pissed off."
"You don’t get a movement unless you take the other two steps I’ve described.
We may need to get arrested. We definitely need art, and music, and disciplined, nonviolent, but very real anger."
"Mostly, we need to tell the truth, resolutely and constantly. Fossil fuel is wrecking the one earth we’ve got. It’s not going to go away because we ask politely."