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Full Throttle Ahead: US Tips Global Power Scales with Fracking
DER SPIEGEL ^ | February 01, 2013 | ALEXANDER NEUBACHER, RALF NEUKIRCH, MATTHIAS SCHEPP & THOMAS SCHULZ

Posted on 02/04/2013 6:55:01 PM PST by neverdem

The United States is sitting on massive natural gas and oil reserves that have the potential to shift the geopolitical balance in its favor. Worries are increasing in Russia and the Arab states of waning influence and falling market prices.

Williston, North Dakota, is a bleak little city in the vast American prairie. It's dusty in the summer and frigid in the winter. Moose hunting is one of the few sources of entertainment. But despite its drawbacks, Williston has seen its population more than double within a short period of time.

The city is so overcrowded that new arrivals often have no place to stay but in their motor homes, which, at monthly parking fees of $1,200 (€880), isn't exactly inexpensive. And more people continue to arrive in this nondescript little town.

The reason for the influx is simple: Geologists have discovered a layer of shale saturated with natural gas and oil deep beneath the city. The Bakken formation, spanning thousands of square kilometers, has become synonymous with an American economic miracle that the country hasn't experienced since the oil rush almost 100 years ago.

North Dakota now has virtual full employment, and the state budget showed an estimated surplus of $1.6 billion in 2012. Truck drivers in the state make $100,000 a year, while the strippers being brought in from Las Vegas rake in more than $1,000 a night. President Barack Obama calls the discovery of Bakken and similar shale gas formations in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Utah a "stroke of luck," saying: "We have a hundred years' worth of energy right beneath our feet."

A Vital Nerve

The future of the American energy supply was looking grim until recently. With its own resources waning, the United States was dependent on Arab oil sheiks and erratic dictators. Rising...

(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fracking

1 posted on 02/04/2013 6:55:09 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

This is absolutely not in the progressives’ play book. They will HAVE to find a way to stop it.

So far they are knocked back on their heels and reeling. But don’t count them out. I bet they are planning their assault on the industry as we type.


2 posted on 02/04/2013 6:59:34 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

3.50 a gallon isn’t winning anything with me.


3 posted on 02/04/2013 7:02:41 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Smokin' Joe; GOP_Party_Animal; Lion Den Dan; Max in Utah

Ping


4 posted on 02/04/2013 7:03:06 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

I read that headline a bit too fast at first. Major confusion.


5 posted on 02/04/2013 7:08:46 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: neverdem

Progressives would Nationalize energy production without a second thought..
Don’t think they are not thinking of it either..

Republicans to STOP them from doing it?...
SLAP SLAP... Wake up... get real here..
The pubbies are in epileptic seizure..


6 posted on 02/04/2013 7:09:49 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: DManA
They tried the assault with scares about how fracking dirties ground water.

Unfortunately for them, there are very, very few credible examples of dangers. The attempts have gone nowhere. Thus fracking has gone gang-busters in the last couple of years.

7 posted on 02/04/2013 7:20:19 PM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

Absolutely. But if facts don’t support their case they make up new facts.


8 posted on 02/04/2013 7:22:45 PM PST by DManA
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To: neverdem

This is wrecking the communists. Fracking is 1000 feet feet below water tables.maybe 2000 feet. leakage goes down. It has shattered their desire to kill this great nation,


9 posted on 02/04/2013 7:27:39 PM PST by willardwx
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To: hosepipe
Progressives would Nationalize energy production without a second thought..

My fear is that they will squander this resource by stealing all of the proceeds.

The energy resources is our ticket out of this financial morass we've created. Our only ticket.

10 posted on 02/04/2013 7:35:05 PM PST by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: DManA

I agree with you. The fact of the matter is that this will eventually be resolved one way or another by compulsion. Their position is so retrograde and Luddite, that in the long run it is most likely the left that will be obliterated.


11 posted on 02/04/2013 7:44:19 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: neverdem

Today Mary Fallin, the governor of Oklahoma gave her State of the State address.

The state fleet is being converted to natural gas fuel. Infrastructure is being developed for natural gas fuel dispensing.

One of the people working on this reported to her that he had driven one of the new vehicles about 200 miles and it only took about $5.00 of fuel to achieve.


12 posted on 02/04/2013 7:50:15 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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13 posted on 02/04/2013 7:53:26 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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14 posted on 02/04/2013 7:53:49 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

Some truckers here might mke $100 thousnd a year. None that I know. The oil truckers might but I doubt it. My best guess is it’s the water haulers that could reach that level of income.

They stay out there for days at a time, shower and eat when they fuel. They are paid twenty four/ 7 . Sleep when they can, haul water when called


15 posted on 02/04/2013 8:00:48 PM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: South Dakota
My best guess is it’s the water haulers that could reach that level of income.

I agree with you. They are hiring and training locally for the Marcella play. Sadly, there are serious problems with finding hires who can pass the drug test. Could be an exaggeration by mid level players, but I doubt it.

Recycling "wastewater" will be the next big technological adoption. Economics is driving this technology. If everything pans out (and I think it will), water recycling could potentially drop a unit well cost by about 11 percent and open up many other shale plays in more arid regions.

This is pretty good news for water haulers.
16 posted on 02/04/2013 8:33:54 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: PA Engineer

Water trucks like the kind that spray down roadside construction??


17 posted on 02/04/2013 8:38:46 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
Water trucks like the kind that spray down roadside construction??

Not sure what those are, but I'm not being glib when it appears that almost any water carrying truck with wheels is being grabbed.

Waste water is a little bit different.
18 posted on 02/04/2013 8:55:40 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: DManA
They would definitely make up facts if they could. They are scrambling to do so. But there's nothing they can do about the water table argument which is air-tight.

They will continue to look for other ways to defeat fracking but they will be stymied for some time IMO since most of their forces are marshalling in defense positions on gore-bull warming.

19 posted on 02/04/2013 9:21:06 PM PST by what's up
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


20 posted on 02/04/2013 9:21:06 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: DManA

Despite mocking Republicans viciously, for the “drill baby drill” mantra and claiming that it would take at least ten years to bring new oil and gas on line — here it is.

Despite their best efforts to *not* have a reliable oil and gas supply — here it is.

Despite all that, the Dems will soon be claiming credit for “making America energy self-sufficient”. It’s just a bit maddening.


21 posted on 02/04/2013 11:30:16 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: PA Engineer

Finding help that could pass a urine test has always been a problem. Many people have figured out s way to take someting and an our later tey are clean


22 posted on 02/05/2013 3:06:49 AM PST by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: what's up

I see Lefties show up every couple of months with the “fracking dirties ground water” claim on some other forums.

There’s a clip of Lisa Jackson saying she has almost no examples of it in Congressional testimony on YouTube. They usually shut up for a time after being confronted with that.


23 posted on 02/05/2013 4:05:11 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

Earth First!

We’ll drill the rest later.


24 posted on 02/05/2013 4:16:54 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: neverdem

-——but in their motor homes, ——

This is a fundamental misunderstanding by the author. The reason they are called motor homes, actually trailers not motorized vehicles, is that they are in fact homes. It is the home away from home for traveling workers. It is superior to a motel.

Overlooked was the truck. The vehicle pulling the fifth wheel home is a pick up. The place where they park includes 50 amp electric service, water, a sewage connection and cable TV. so, $1200/month is not all that expensive. It may be, however wrong. The $1200 per month might very well be the nightly rate multiplied by 30. The long term rate is likely somewhat less.


25 posted on 02/05/2013 4:39:22 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: neverdem

-——the Americans have been able to reduce their CO2 emissions associated with energy production-——

Does burning natural gas produce less CO2 per BTU of energy produced than coal?

I think coal produces a higher BTU content but has many other combustion by products that are problematic. Natural gas is cleaner producing mostly Co2 and Water vapor.


26 posted on 02/05/2013 4:46:54 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: bert
Does burning natural gas produce less CO2 per BTU of energy produced than coal?

Yes. There is a far higher ratio of hydrogen to carbon in Natural Gas so less CO2 is produced for the same BTU's. It does produce more water vapor than coal.

I think coal produces a higher BTU content but has many other combustion by products that are problematic

It is not producing more BTU content, but rather contains more BTU content, depending on how you measure them. Since one is a solid and one is a gas, are you going to measure them by mass? volume?

27 posted on 02/05/2013 5:29:53 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: DManA

At some point in the next four years I suspect that energy will be nationalized in the USA so that the government can take all the profits. Of course the profitability will largely disappear as bureaucracy replaces entrepreneurs and political considerations replace profit. America can then resume its decline into third world status.


28 posted on 02/05/2013 5:34:06 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: neverdem

Moose hunting in Williston? is suppose because of all the swampy terrain in the Badlands. The closest I ever saw a moose to North Dakota was about ten miles east of Crookston MN.


29 posted on 02/05/2013 5:57:27 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring
Moose hunting in Williston?

The source is Der Spiegel. Maybe it's some literary license. I wouldn't be surprised to find moose in most of the states adjacent to Canada with the exception of the rust belt.

30 posted on 02/05/2013 12:29:34 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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