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I’ve been poking around chemistry books for fun lately. I learned today that when you burn CH4 (i.e. methane, the stuff that comes out of fracked wells) you emit the much despised CO2 (we knew this, it just happens to produce a lot less per BTU than oil and coal) but it also emits a […]

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My Two Cents on Fracking

I’m sympathetic to Wintercow’s concerns about banning fracking: among other things, a hardline approach to natural gas will forego the benefits of substituting for coal (which burns far dirtier). At the same time, some of the cautions introduced in NY’s legislation seem reasonable–particularly the minimum aquifer proximity requirements. Innovative fracking is a great technology, but […]

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Fish Kill

Here is an update. I am sure the fractivists will claim the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is being paid by a gas company. That's how good the climate of discussion is these days.

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In yet another sign that natural gas frackers have no regard for their environment or your environment I have just come to learn that fracking companies in Pennsylvania have been authorized to inject acid water into their wells. For some background, the average amount of water needed for fracked wells is 5 to 8 million […]

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Toxic Environment

That really is the only way to characterize the discussions surrounding environmental issues and fracking in particular. On this fine Montana morning the following questions come to mind. I've perused some of the science to check on the answers, I'll give extra credit to whomever wants to throw out their best guesses to each. One […]

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