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INTRODUCTION.

“Whether you are pro or con fracking, this book provides a solid science foundation and weighs the issues to reveal the facts around the shale controversies. Truly an informative and enjoyable read!”Melanie Will-Cole, College lecturer.I started writing this book five years ago when an editor suggested I write a book about fracking and earthquakes, which were big at that time in Oklahoma. A lot of folks wanted to blame fracking for the earthquakes. So I started writing – partly to answer this question.Then a colleague said he opposed fracking because it contributed to global warming. So I researched global warming to find out whether his statement was correct.The… More

WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • The Delaware basin. • How much oil? • Budget surplus. • Will the shale oil boom improve New Mexico living conditions? • What about wind and solar?

THE SAN JUAN BASIN. We’ve always had the mighty San Juan basin, in the northwest of the state, but that’s been predominantly a natural gas basin. Then in the 1980’s coalbed methane came on and that boomed for quite a while. While working at Amoco, I was lucky to be able to work on coalbed methane in the San Juan basin in the late 1980s and most of the1990s.… More

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.… 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.… 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.… More

I am gazing over the tarmac at Pittsburgh International Airport, on my way home from a conference about shale-gas (where I gave a presentation). Pittsburgh is in the heart of the Marcellus shale, where things are rockin’ and rollin’.… More

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