Independent Land Consultant
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hydraulic fracturing is little understood because fractivists have deliberately used “fracking” as an all-purpose term for the gas industry, but it’s simple.
Well, how about some facts on hydraulic fracturing?
We have been doing hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” here in Alberta, since the technology was established decades ago, with little or no discernible effect, other than making it possible to produce oil and gas when it otherwise wouldn’t be possible.
The Alberta Government has imposed has imposed some of the strictest environmental protection regulations of any hydrocarbon producing jurisdiction in North America. If the practice was harmful to the environment, they would ban it. They have not and don’t intend to.
Oil and gas exist in the pore spaces of rocks underground sometimes hundreds, sometimes thousands of feet below the surface. When you drill a well, you make it possible to produce, naturally or with something to assist, like a pump jack. It’s like putting a straw into a bottle of Coke. The assist is sucking on the straw.
After doing that, if the well won’t produce, it’s because the pore spaces are very poorly or not even connected at all. Hydraulic fracturing simply breaks up the rock so the pores become connected and the oil or gas will flow to surface.
It’s no different than pouring Drano down a clogged drain to breakup the “gunk” so that fluids will flow to where they’re supposed to. Same with toilets.
These practices, however, do much more environmental damage than fracking, which makes we wonder, given the lack of evidence the hydraulic fracturing pollutes anything, why there’s all this hype in certain US states and Canadian provinces about the dangers of fracking.
Can’t we just deal in facts?
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