Skip to comments.CBS Sunday Morning: Digging into the practice of fracking
Posted on 12/30/2012 9:33:21 AM PST by T-Bird45
What if I told you that we have a new source of fuel? It's cheap, it burns cleaner than coal, it's found right here in America, and there's enough of it for the next hundred years.
The fuel is natural gas. And the new source? Gigantic deposits of shale rock, miles underground. This one is called the Marcellus Shale. It covers 95,000 square miles, across four states.
The gas is locked in the rock. If you crack a piece off you can actually smell the gas inside.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...
I think it's worth the click and the video time. I watched it as it was presented on the program this morning and was initially skeptical on how fair and objective it would be. I was pleasantly surprised.
I agree. The coverage was so far and balanced that for a minute I thought this was FOX News rather than one of the alphabet networks.
The fact is, methane (natural gas) is almost odorless. The “gas” smell comes from a chemical that is added to the natural gas by distribution facilities, dimethyl sulfide. It is there for your safety, to alert you by smell.
In large quantities, there is almost always some of this chemical occurring in pockets of natural gas, but in much more lower concentration than may be easily detected by a whiff.
The dimethyl sulfide is the result of decomposition of certain organic material such as proteins, which do contain some sulfur. Pure methane would have no sulfur attached to any of its molecules.
Sorry, ‘The coverage was so fair’
Sorry, ‘The coverage was so fair’
I’ll review it.
I'd say the government is licking it's chops to regulate it and tax it into oblivion.
I made no claims about absolute scientific accuracy. Even my wife called that one out while we were watching it.
Fossil fuels are racist and benefit the rich only...therefore they should remain underground and buried....only non American companies and countries should mine and use it./s
I’m in the industry, and I agree that it’s a fairly reasonable and balanced presentation, though a bit lightweight.
The only real environmental issue is the water demand, and the industry is addressing that issue.
However, there are some watermelons who intentionally use blatantly deceptive propaganda to ban fraccing entirely. The presenter avoids calling them out in his conclusion. But, he’s right that fraccing is here to stay.
While the piece was as balanced as I have seen from CBS in a long time, the bird woman (married to the Cornell Professor) is so stereotypical of the anti-anything-anytime-anywhere crowd. I doubt if that woman ever had a pleasant thought in her entire life and she and her fellow Marxists, hiding behind the environmental movement, will not be satisfied until all our lives are as miserable as hers.
The “test well water before and after drilling” should have been plain to Captain Obvious and only a retard would drill without such prior testing.
Also in reading the comments it is quite obvious who the average SeeBS viewer tends to be.
I, too, am in the business. Like you, I found it balanced but light. However, I don’t share your optimism that it’s here to stay. I suspect the communists in DC will eventually outlaw or tax it into oblivion. It’s to save the children, ya know. /s
Yeah, I could almost hear the granola crunching as that pair spoke. I knew what we would hear before they spoke when I saw that Cornell University jacket.
“isn’t natural gas odorless?”
Yes but the CBS reporter smells like a reeking POS...hence when he takes a whiff of the natural gas, the very ABSENCE of aroma seems like a “scent” of something.
Methane is odorless. Natural gas has components in addition to methane especially at the wellhead and some of those have an odor.
It smells like money to me.
What causes anti-fracking, lib heads to explode is not the supposed “dangers” of fracking, but the fact that there is a gigantic supply of new energy that can be accessed. They thought they had suppressed all efforts to extract new energy and we had reached “peak” oil. They thought the public had bought in to their scam about wind and solar energy replacing oil and gas as energy sources. They found out they were wrong and are desperate to stop new efforts like fracking. And if they have to lie to the public to do so, they’re more than willing.
When will NY allow it
If one can't see investors forcing us to use natural gas and then taxing us on the carbon, one is not awake. This is global fascism at work. Hence, Bryson, Nichols, JFK Jr. et al. should be exposed at every opportunity as crooked shills for the likes of the Pew family, the MacArthur family, the Packard and Hewlett families (now investing heavily in methane hydrate), the Rockefeller familiy, the British Royal family...
IOW, this is the .01%, doing everything possible to tax and regulate the 0.99% back into the lower middle class, and thence into grinding poverty with the rest. As if that was news.
BTW, fracking will suddenly become a non-issue (like it has been for the last thirty years) when these globo-thugs can put the jobbers out of business and buy up their more successful projects for a song.
Agreed, C-O makes a great point about always following the money and find out the crossover points from these groups to government regulators/staff.
It will probably take a while, but the politicians in the West and the Southwest aren’t quite as retarded as they are in New York.
Probably a trace of H2S in the gas.
Probably a trace of H2S in the gas.
Methane has no odor, true. Mercaptan is added to provide a warning property, due in large part to the disaster you cite.
However, as it comes from the ground there is an odor. The odor varies with the formation that it comes from. Sometimes crude oil, sometimes sulfur compounds and sometimes aromatics and heavier alkanes. You can smell it. Flowback brine, sludge and scale in the pipes and vessels stinks.
And BTW the added odorant can ‘fade’ and lose its warning property. That may be due to olfactory fatigue. Thus do not ignore a smell of gas even if the odor goes away.
The typical EPA revolving door. Thanks Nixon.
When I came back from VN in 1974, my brothers and I bought a Gas Furnace my dad, ran about 1500 foot of piping off an old oil well to it with about 13 lbs. of pressure and it heated his house for FREE for years. I went to Africa for a while and was told State officials tried to shut down the operation because it didn’t have a warning smell. My bros. rigged something up that would put a rotten egg smell in the house if there was a problem. The lawsuits went on until Dad died and Mom died. After that my sister’s kid took the old farmhouse down and built a new place with the same hook up. Since there was no record of what the new house used for heating, they haven’t been back and he’s using the same well, same hook-up and laughing his ass off. The State (or whoever) spent a ton of money and we never spent a dime defending my Old Man’s right to HEAT HIS OWN HOUSE.
BTW, fracking will suddenly become a non-issue (like it has been for the last thirty years......UHHH, we’ve been using it at LEAST 50 years here in PA.
Ithaca is City of Evil, to repeat an old FR meme.
See Behind Liberal Lines’ FR profile page for why.
OK, didn't know. It's even used for water wells here in the West.
My dad was an oilfield pumper for one of the major oil companies and their practice “back in the day” was to offer a connection to the field gas to the royalty owner’s home if it was near the well. Our house was heated the same way when we lived on the lease. I suspect that practice has faded away due to the odorant issue.
Good post. Forget about all the Hillary conspiracy comments elsewhere. These folks are all conspiring to shut down fossil fuel extraction as they did nuclear power. I put up my new tag line a couple of days ago.
See posts 17 & 24. The worst kind of bias is in what is left unsaid.
. “If you crack a piece off you can actually smell the gas inside.”
Natural gas has no odor. Sour gas sometimes does and is likely to kill you
Ping to post 24.