I thought this was pretty balanced reporting:

 

Category: Energy, Video

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6 Responses to “Pogue: Digging into the practice of fracking”

  1. yourpooruncle says:

    I agree that it’s as good as far as it goes and probably better than most network coverage when it comes to spending a little time with both sides of the fracking debate. I’m a little disappointed that nobody mentioned fracking’s exemption from the Clean Water Act. If the practice is safe, why do they need the exemption? Or, maybe I’m just missing something.

  2. Frilton Miedman says:

    We need fracking.

    We need potable water.

    The issue boils down to a single word- “proprietary”, as long as fracking co’s hide what compounds are used, there will be growing opposition from environmentalists.

    I can’t say I blame them, the Midwestern Ogallala Aquifer supplies drinking water to 8 states, and provides water for more than 25% of U.S. agricultural irrigation, if it turns out the “proprietary” compounds are lethal for human consumption and single incidence allows it into that aquifer it would be devastating to our economy.

  3. jbegan says:

    Very interesting. I still have doubts about the long list of known and proprietary chemicals used in fracking and if the need for some of these is real. All a Surfactant is, is something that makes ‘water wetter’. In essence, soap is a Surfactant, as is Tri Sodium Phosphate used as an industrial cleanser. (BTW, your beer glasses at the local pizza shop are cleaned with TSP as it makes the head on beer bigger thereby reducing the amount of beer the proprietor serves you per glass). It would seem to me that something like TSP or soap is an acceptable Surfactant, as opposed to the benzenes, alcohols and other potentially harmful chemicals they do pump into the ground water. A list of some of the additives can be found here : http://fracfocus.org/chemical-use/what-chemicals-are-used

  4. Awlbidnz says:

    It’s not the “proprietary” chemicals that would be the SOURCE of the problem. The problem is our addiction to all things petroleum. Is the elephant just too big to acknowledge?

  5. victor says:

    Please: ” potentially harmful chemicals they do pump into the ground water.”? you mean into the pay zone, which is many thousand feet BELOW the ground water as everybody knows? Every oil/gas well in the world contains “harmful chemicals” in the hydrocarbons being brought to the surface under pressure for further processing and shipping. Well bore integrity issues are germane to the industry and will remain so improvements are needed. But right now we’re the envy of the world with our new found bonanza in shale gas and tight oil, an under reported, unappreciated “story” that has huge consequences. For example: the US is now at 1992 (no typo here) CO2 emissions levels mainly due to the switch from coal to Nat Gas by the electric power companies, by far the best record of any industrialized country.