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Waste Water: America's Hidden 60 Million Barrel A Day Industry

Waste Water: America's Hidden 60 Million Barrel A Day Industry | Fracking World | Scoop.it

By John Kemp

 

The biggest output of the U.S. oil and gas industry is not oil or gas but dirty water.

Every day, U.S. oil and gas producers bring to the surface 60 million barrels of waste water, with a salt content up to 20 times higher than sea water and laced with hazardous chemicals.

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Bulgaria bans Chevron from using 'fracking'

Bulgaria bans Chevron from using 'fracking' | Fracking World | Scoop.it

 

SOFIA, Bulgaria—Bowing to public pressure, Bulgaria's government says U.S. oil company Chevron cannot explore for shale gas in the country using the extraction technique known as "fracking."

 

Energy Minister Traicho Traikov said that under Tuesday's decision "Chevron can still have the right to test for oil and gas, but without using the controversial technology of

hydraulic fracturing."

 

He says San Ramon, California-based Chevron had not yet been notified of the decision and negotiations on the contract are pending.

 

Over the last weeks, thousands of people gathered at protest rallies across Bulgaria to protest against shale gas extraction and the use of fracking, fearing it could have a

hazardous impact on the environment and people's health.

 

Last June, Bulgaria granted U.S. oil company Chevron a permit to explore for shale gas in the northeastern part of the country. The potential reserves of shale gas in this area -- the country's main grain producing region -- are estimated at up to 1 trillion cubic meters.

 

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Regulators say hydraulic fracturing may have caused oil spill on farm near Innisfail

Regulators say hydraulic fracturing may have caused oil spill on farm near Innisfail | Fracking World | Scoop.it

CALGARY - Hydraulic fracturing of an oil well in southern Alberta could have caused an oil well blowout a kilometre away, according to provincial regulators.

 

Friday afternoon, a landowner in the Garrington area west of Innisfail spotted a pumpjack spewing what appeared to be oil and chemicals onto his neighbour's field.

 

Black fluid from the well sprayed 15 metres in the air until the man was able to alert a

hydraulic fracturing crew working on a nearby well for Midway Energy.

 

They halted operations at the site, then shut down the Wild Stream Exploration pumpjack.

 

The Energy Resource Conservation Board was alerted about 5: 30 p.m. Friday by the

Alberta Surface Rights Group at the behest of the landowner.

 

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/technology/Regulators+hydraulic+fracturing+have+caused+spill+farm+near+Innisfail/6003589/story.html#ixzz1joJxRaLb

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DAVID GLEASON: Torque

DAVID GLEASON: Torque | Fracking World | Scoop.it

FRACKING has become one of those really entertaining subjects, making it possible for those involved to hurl invective at one another with gay abandon. Indeed, as the heat dissipates from the climate change furore, so fracking has increasingly moved centre stage.

 

The very word lends itself to immediate distortion, such as the posters that read "Hands off our fracking world", "No fracking way", and "Don’t frack with our future". It isn’t difficult to interpret these.

 

Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a method of pumping large quantities of water and chemicals under high pressure into underground formations. This fractures the rock and frees natural gas and oil deposits.

 

Fracking has unlocked vast volumes of previously untapped shale gas and oil in the US. By September this year, shale gas accounted for 34% of US natural gas production, and is expected to rise to 60% by 2035. It’s expected that capital investment in the industry between 2010 and 2035 will be about $1,9-trillion, when it will provide work for about 1,6-million people. By 2035 its contribution to gross domestic product will be about $230bn, and it will pay about $60bn in annual taxes.

 

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Fracking Disclosures to Include Water Totals

Fracking Disclosures to Include Water Totals | Fracking World | Scoop.it
Starting Feb. 1, drillers will have to report many of the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing. But a less-publicized part of the regulation is what some water experts are most interested in: the mandatory disclosure of the amount of water...
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Total appeals shale gas drilling ban as ecology minister meets oil bosses

Total appeals shale gas drilling ban as ecology minister meets oil bosses | Fracking World | Scoop.it

 

OIL giant Total has lodged an appeal against the withdrawal of its permit to drill exploratory wells for shale gas in the south of France.

 

The government withdrew drilling permissions in October after widescale summer protests about the environmental impact of the only known technique for exploiting shale gas, hydraulic fracturing.

 

Total Gas Shale Europe managing director Bruno Courme said at a press conference in Paris that Total "respects the law" however, he added, "our position is that the law does not justify the withdrawal of our permits".

 

He was speaking after a meeting of oil company heads and Ecology Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet on shale gas entitled "The French ban: how to get out?".

 

UMP MP François-Michel Gonnot sparked fears among environmentalists that the government was preparing to overturn the ban as he said: "I do not see why the debate cannot continue just because we voted a law based on circumstance. It's not a taboo subject."

 

Hundreds of thousands of people had campaigned against shale gas exploration and the use of hydraulic fracturing last summer and the government introduced an outright ban despite permits already having been issued. Oil firms were told to submit new applications that did not propose the use of now-banned technique.

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Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil & Gas Wells Drilled in Shale

Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil & Gas Wells Drilled in Shale | Fracking World | Scoop.it
Hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling have converted unproductive organic shales into some of the largest natural gas fields in the world.
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