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Exploring the Witch Hunt Against Hydraulic Fracturing

OilPrice.com -- Natural gas production, from hydrocarbon rich shale formations, known as “shale gas,” is one of the most rapidly expanding trends in onshore oil and gas exploration and production today. A key element in the emergence of shale gas exploration has been the refinement of cost?effective horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies.

No question, regulations must be imposed to ensure adequate oversight and selection of qualified and trained operators that employ best management practices when handling, injecting and disposing fracturing fluid. Nevertheless, the industry is not standing still. To the rescue are new “green” fracturing additives, better ways to treat and recycle the waste water, and new technologies that reduce water consumption in half.


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Submitted Apr 03, 2012 By: NOTSOGRN
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 8:09:05 PM

The study that I posted found that media coverage on fracking is mostly negative with negative stories outweighing neutral and positive stories by over 60 percent across local and national TV and newspapers, online newspapers and national radio.

In the media reports, less than half of all media referenced scientific studies, with only 25 percent of broadcast news mentioning them.

The emotional play of blogs, images and, most importantly to fracking, fakeumentaries with staged scenes of tap water on fire are the epitemy of a witch hunt.
UT STUDY
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 6:07:15 AM

hmmm... OilPrice.com... an mouthpiece of Pig Oil and it should be considered a trustworthy source? More like an Op Ed piece IMNSHO.
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2012 2:19:18 AM

A feel good piece about a very questionable practice. I don't buy it.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 1:14:30 PM

Thank you for posting.
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We need to drill, drill, drill.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 8:58:27 AM

So, I read this op-ed piece from "Dr. Barry Stevens" and have to say it did nothing to help me believe that the concerns about hydraulic fracturing are unfounded. More than anything, I question the author's credentials. Who is he and what is he a "Dr." of? Stevens couldn't even spell "hypocrisy" correctly. Anybody can post their opinion on the 'net. But, I don't buy into the notion this article is peer-reviewed or a serious study on the subject.

Some of the posters in the forum have tried to berate environment conservation, alternative energy and PBS into this discussion. Pardon the pun, but, why are you trying to muddy the water on the topic? They have nothing to do with whether there is or isn't a bias on the hydraulic fracturing process.

I don't claim to be a geologist or chemist. But, when I see earthquakes happening in places that don't normally have seismic activity, and well water that is polluted with chemicals that aren't normally present, it makes me want to know why. Shouldn't you wonder, too?
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 3:09:29 AM

Say NO to fracking and injected subsurface waste water, protect the ground and surface waters at all cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 1:54:21 AM

Interesting....
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 1:10:58 AM

agree do it the right way then there can be no excuses,when something goes wrong. they better build up a ten trillion dollar reserve slush fund for any future "accidents". : )
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:44:45 AM

agree
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ok
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44: yeah and I bet you don't believe in global warming either, let me know...
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SCREWED AGAIN OMG = OBAMA MUST GO!
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:38:14 AM

We need proof, not media hysteria.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:38:09 AM

danol43 said: "The Far Left will use whatever they can to further their end goal = a totally socialistic US."

SHHH! That's supposed to be a secret. They don't want us to figure that out until after they complete the takeover...
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:38:07 AM

so does "adequate oversight" protect us from big oil ?
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:32:17 AM

Regulators should do the old adage, "trust, but verify". Plenty of verification will send the message to do it right the first time or be very sorry in the end.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:31:43 AM

ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:29:43 AM

Let's just hope it is safe and control or we will pay down the road.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:28:34 AM

currently fracking is not allowed in north carolina, but it is being discussed hard and fast by the n.c. gov't-except for our out-going governor..

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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:28:24 AM

Come on-OilPrice.com, Really?
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We know only a few are causing problems the rest is political propaganda to force the USA to use "GREEN Energy" Some of which is just as bad or worse.
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If you can't see it. It isn't really happening...
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:27:06 AM


This looks a lot like an opinion column by an oil-industry mouthpiece to me, not a balanced news article presenting both sides of the story. Not appropriate for Newsville. The title is your first clue.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:23:54 AM

I don't think residents of Dimock, PA would call it a witch hunt.
Cabot and EPA say drink the cloudy water.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:23:44 AM

wait and see if it all comes together
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:21:17 AM

Ok .
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:20:16 AM

ok
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Fracking works for america. To hell with the bike riders.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:18:45 AM

Let's keep an eye on it.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:15:19 AM

Not fracking again!!!
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:13:57 AM

Good, but they must do better. More research into methods.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:13:13 AM

As long as our water supply is not compromised.
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Damn if you do or don't.
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:12:14 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:11:46 AM

Lets get FRACKING!
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:11:34 AM

Just like each person is different so are fracking situations. In Ohio there have been minor earthquakes. In Pennsylvania there has been water contamination. In Colorado water is bid on and fracking won over ranchers/ farmers. In Texas there hasn't been a problem. The industry isn't completely guilt free.
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The tree huggers will get us again!
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Information from the Greenies.
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"green" fracturing additives?
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Message Posted: Apr 4, 2012 12:07:52 AM

ok
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Save the water
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Enviro wackos on the move again!!...
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The Far Left will use whatever they can to further their end goal = a totally socialistic US.
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 11:58:58 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2012 11:57:11 PM

It's been done regularly since the 1940's; why no hubbub until recently ?
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Water is more important.
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A poor method for extracting gas.
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