I gave a talk this past week called Fracking and Global Warming: What’s the Connection? I appreciate the invite by Dr John Korstad who teaches two different courses on Sustainability at Oral Roberts University (ORU).

Sustainability is getting to be a hot subject: it implies conserving the present environment for our grand-kids, to use a simple definition. For businesses the application is People, Planet and Profits: People meaning quality of life and employee retention, Planet being environmental stewardship and waste reduction, and Profit meaning responsible economic growth. At ORU, staff like Dr Korstad are leading the way.

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The world-class lecture room at ORU, where I was video’d automatically. 

I did a lot of research on the topic and decided some critical slides would be of interest and make a good summary.… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Earthquakes in my Iphone. • Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes. • Largest earthquake in Oklahoma was missed by forecasters. • Earthquakes are declining with time in Oklahoma. • What are the chances of a big one? • What to do if you are in the path of the big one.

THREE TIMES MY IPHONE WHISTLED AT ME LAST NITE. This means three earthquakes on my earthquake app. Here is what it told me: A 3.7 earthquake occurred close to Waynoka, Oklahoma. A 3.3 earthquake occurred close to Harper, Kansas. A 3.5 earthquake occurred close to Gardnerville, Nevada. The app tells me earthquakes of magnitude 3-4 can be felt by people but little damage.

The quakes in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas have one thing in common: they occurred in an area that has been heavily drilled to extract oil from the Mississippi limestone.… More

If you want to be informed and gain a balanced perspective of the issues, this article is a marvelous source. It’s a long article, but a goldmine as a summary of the issues in regard to shale gas and fracking.

The report below comes from England via Michael Roberts, whose website is Michael is a pastor and sometime geologist. Thanks Michael for posting this article.

The article is written by Natascha Engel, who is a Labour member of parliament in Derbyshire, UK. She has immersed herself in the subject of shale gas and fracking, and compiled a summary which in my opinion is thorough and well-balanced. I have made many presentations on shale gas/oil and fracking and earthquakes in the USA (click here and here).… More

Wind energy and fossil energy – This is a long blog. But richly informative if you want to know more about the debates on global warming, fossil energy, and renewables. It’s also based on data and facts (real facts). I have tried to strike a balanced approach. This blog is written for the layman, as well as the expert. The write up finishes with Texas. The largest oil and wind-energy producer in the USA.

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The shale revolution. • Dependence on foreign energy. • Manufacturing renaissance. • Prolonged use of fossil fuels. • Urgency of global warming. • Greenhouse gas emissions – main sources. • Reducing greenhouse gases. • Renewables and fossil fuels in Texas.


WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The latest on fracking and earthquakes in Oklahoma. • The role of Oklahoma’s government in dealing with this problem. • Keys to problem-solving: diversity and collaboration.

THE GOVERNOR IS MARY FALLIN. THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT IS MICHAEL TEAGUE. Wait, Energy and Environment together??? These two are usually on opposite sides of the fence, often fighting each other. But in 2013 in Oklahoma they were combined under Teague, who was not an expert in energy or environment. His career included the military and private enterprise.  Teague made a recent presentation at Dr John Korstad’s invitation to a class at Oral Roberts University studying Sustainability.

Teague’s approach was twofold: to bring diversity to the problem table.… More

BELOW IS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE BOOK. (Hint: Click to enlarge any image, then back-arrow to return to blog article).

My new novel, called Fracman, is about fracking and shale-oil-gas and earthquakes. In short, the story is about two oilfield careers. First of all an older, cavalier risk-taker called Jordan, who is contrasted with a younger risk-averse conservative named Kelly. After many workplace incidents of tension and clash between the engineers, who are thrust together to work on fracking wells, the story turns into a romance while they strive to settle their differences, which include her Christian beliefs.well-at-nite081

However, while Kelly gradually comes into a relationship with God, Jordan’s career arc goes south due to a series of mistakes (think Greek tragedy).… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • Where was the earthquake? • Were there after-shocks in that area? • What causes earthquakes in Oklahoma? • To find out more about fracking and earthquakes.

EARTHQUAKES HAVE BEEN DECLINING IN OKLAHOMA, since the Oklahoma Corporation Commission issued a plan in February 2016 to cut volumes of saltwater disposal by 40% in a large area north-west of Oklahoma City. However, that area did not include the spot just a little east of the north-south line between Stillwater and Ponca City, near Ralston and Pawnee.

This morning, Saturday 3 September 2016, in a small area (but larger than the red dot), an equal largest-ever earthquake of magnitude M = 5.6 occurred at 7:02 am and was followed in the next 3.5 hours by five post-shock tremors of magnitude 3.1 to 3.6.… More

What’s in this article about fracking truths? • The revolution that is shale gas and shale oil. • Do fracs contaminate surface water? • Disposal wells…..and earthquakes.

Fracking Truths: The revolution that is shale gas or shale oil has been successful because many frac treatments are pumped one at a time along the length of a long horizontal well. Typically a mile long. Most of these horizontal wells are a mile deep, or deeper. This new technology has opened up enough conduits in the shale to get the gas out fast enough to make a profitable well.

The revolution took off around the year 2000 in the Barnett shale close to Fort Worth, Texas. At least one well has even been drilled under the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.… More

If you’re goin’ to Oklahoma, don’t go in the month of May!

If you live in Oklahoma or Kansas, please be careful today or tomorrow (May 7 and 8, 2015). Tornado Alley forms in May, and stretches from Texas north to Nebraska. It includes Kansas and Oklahoma.

But Oklahoma always seems to get hit the hardest.

This May is no different. I am sitting in my chair in Independence, Kansas watching the weather forecast. “Tornadoes likely for today and tomorrow. Look at the forecast before you drive, especially in the evening.”

Last nite (May 6) a spray of tornadoes struck in Tornado Alley, with serious damage but no deaths. The following bullets are excerpted from an NBCNews bulletin. • Tornadoes roared across the plains on Wednesday, causing at least a dozen injuries, damage to homes and flash flooding in Oklahoma.… More

Definitions: Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, a process where water (or similar liquid) is pumped down a well under high pressure. It is a proven technology in use for over 60 years. The pressure splits the rock like an axe splits a log, and creates fractures (cracks) in the rock containing the oil or gas.

The fractures grow in length and height, and act as conduits to allow the oil or gas faster access to the well. This means a higher production rate. The fractures are a bit like those you see in the sidewalk or roadway. They’re long but not very wide. Typical fracture widths are less than half an inch, and usually much smaller.

The revolution that is called shale gas or shale oil has been successful because many frac treatments are pumped one at a time along the length of a horizontal well.… More


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