"Thank you for the numbers, AreaMan!
I own a copy of Power Hungry and follow Bryce on Twitter.
I just may cite this in my dissertation while in the refining stages.
And of course everything...EVERYTHING...is debatable - exhaustible debatable.
"As mentioned earlier, every type of energy production makes a footprint. And of course they extend far across the globe. However, when driving in Bradford County one cannot miss the wind turbines on the southern ridges. Their physical footprint and…"
As a researcher of the activity in PA, no longer a resident, and not a lease-holder I highly recommend you begin by joining the Bradford County group on this excellent blog. I have met with many residents (lease holders and non-lease…"
"It is dropping seismic testing gear. Common in PA. Sometimes one is given notice. Or, sometimes the gear is just lying on the forest floor as you walk by it hiking. Or might even interrupt a picnic hovering overhead and blowing paper plates off your…"
I recall the big piles of snow plowed from the roads being dumped into the Allegheny River in Warren each year. Covered with black stuff that I assume is oil/gasoline wastes from vehicles, and the 'salt' which made me think…"
The reason I chose the topic of "fracking" for my dissertation is that I grew up in northwest PA where fracking was a normal activity. Then, after 25 years of living in the mid-west, I wondered what all the hub bub was…"
"My first thoughts were this is a potentially very dangerous situation for workers, protesters, and emergency personnel in the presence of this highly technical, powerful equipment. My thoughts go on...
Second observation: those arrested were from…"
As an estimate, how many acres of land (in PA) are required to build a completed conventional gas well pad equivalent to one completed Marcellus pad with eight horizontals? You choose the numbers, though may I suggest 1,500' vertical conventional to 6,000' vertical, 6,000' horizontal Marcellus plus whatever other basic variables must be considered like gas density (?). Please include access roads if possible and let me know if you did.This calculation may be used in my dissertation 'the impact…See More
I grew up hiking, camping, and X-skiing in Warren, PA with the Allegheny Forest as my backyard. I now live in urban Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, OH - quite a different backyard - and quite an exciting place. Well, guns 'used to be' rifles for hunting. Here, while walking we always look over our shoulder; X-skiing does not exist as there is no snow and if there were, there is not enough public space (so we bike ride!);and, camping in the City is usually done by the homeless or protesters. We must drive to distant lands - like back to PA! Or, Kentucky will do.
I research the impact of technology on society - the unconventional gas drilling of combined hydraulic fracturing and directional drilling in my homeland of PA.
Where I grew up in north west PA, oil and gas activity was normal. There were occasional creepy-looking Halliburton frac trucks that passed by, there were always 'gas' tankers from the United Refinery that we scooted over for to not get hit on our bicycles, and there were common after-hour traffic tie-ups on the east end of town near the refinery.
We would hear the sound of pump jacks, pick blackberries on the pipelines, and smell the oil from time-to-time on hikes or during visits to friends who had wells nearby. (Still today there are wells on the cemetery behind Mom's).
So, in about 2009-2010, when there arose such a hubbub in media about 'fracking' I became curious. In the pursuit of becoming-a-professor during a recent life (mid-life) goal, I directed this curiosity to my dissertation. While exploring the issue since late 2009, I have gained much knowledge about the technology, people, land, and energy market. I have felt a range of emotions from pure sadness when beautiful woods are ripped-up to happiness when the gas bill goes down.
Conclusion-in-the-making: In this rapidly growing and evolving technology that is unevenly distributed across space, there is an equally uneven amount of benefits and costs distributed the same. Gaps lie across the local to global scale and between and within the public, government, and private sectors. There is much to be learned, a need to communicate, and many people to be taught.
It is fascinating, this life. I do not see fracking going away. I hope to see the technology improving so that its footprint on the environment and society is minimal and its benefits are great.
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I'll be passing through Horseheads Monday afternoon around 5. If I have your cell # I could contact you to see if you are back and we could get together. Maybe we could make arrangements for you to meet me in Athens Tuesday and I could give you a tour of several pads, water impoundments and pipelines around me, if you haven't already seen enough by that time. My cell # is 570-423-4843. Home is 570-247-7574.
The unit maps are taken directly from maps recorded in the courthouse by the gas companies establish or amend the production units. The site co-ords are from DEP permit applications. All public knowledge.
As far as changes in the landscape, I see a very little. The drilling pads are a few acres, but they are typically one per sq mile. Some cover 4 sq miles or more. Once they are completed they blend in with the surroundings.
They are presently putting pipeline across my property. In a couple of months when the crops are planted you will not be able to tell it is even there.
CHK has re-built all the roads in my area so they are much better than anything the state would have ever done.
What makes this site so great? Well, I think it's the fact that, quite frankly, we all have a lot at stake in this thing they call shale. But beyond that, this site is made up of individuals who have worked hard for that little yard we call home. Or, that farm on which blood, sweat and tears have fallen.[ Read More ]