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A Learning Opportunity

OSU should allow fracking project

July 30, 2013

Although federal officials recently gave hydraulic fracturing at gas and oil wells a clean bill of health, much more remains to be learned about the practice....

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AaronS

Jul-30-13 3:40 AM

New York basically does not allow fracking and PA strictly monitors it. The practice is under as much scrutiny from environmentalist as MTR mining. It's hard to say natural gas can replace coal as an energy source as many do on these threads with the extraction squarely in the cross hairs. despite the fact that the future of fracking is so uncertain, many cite gas as a reason to cease coal mining. That viewpoint is pre mature as this topic indicates.

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denver

Jul-30-13 4:48 AM

And you got that information from where?

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AaronS

Jul-30-13 8:13 AM

I do wonder though, why WVU and the City of Morgantown are looking to do their own research. The two could venture into a endeavor along with the federal government, State government and valid industry scientist acting on behalf of environmentalist that would allow them to study the practice while at the same time offer the public some assurance that should any concerns arise it would be addressed according.

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BakerKat

Jul-30-13 8:54 AM

I hope they do the study. It would be better to know now what the consequences are than later as in too late.

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neocurmudgeon74

Jul-30-13 10:46 AM

As The Editor says, more needs to be learned. It is good that PA strictly monitors fracking; WV & OH should also. But the more you know about what you're watching FOR, the better the use of inspectors' time.

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denver

Jul-30-13 7:54 PM

I see where they had another earthquake in the Glenville area, again!

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AaronS

Jul-31-13 8:23 PM

Is the implication that fracking is causing earthquakes now?

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neocurmudgeon74

Aug-01-13 1:36 PM

It's not fracking that causes earthquakes, it's disposing of used frack water by pumping it down injection wells.

Whether this is a problem may be open to question.

But if the industry can get its act together & reprocess used frack water to frack another hole, it'll save using so much fresh water; maybe save some trucking; & every way they try to dispose of used frack water seems to have problems, re-use would cut way down on the amount disposed.

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neocurmudgeon74

Aug-06-13 9:54 AM

Update this morning on WV public radio: the Gilmer County quakes were at 69,000 feet depth & 41,000. That's far below the depth of injection wells (or of the Marcellus shale), so human activity didn't cause them.

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neocurmudgeon74

Aug-06-13 9:54 AM

Update this morning on WV public radio: the Gilmer County quakes were at 69,000 feet depth & 41,000. That's far below the depth of injection wells (or of the Marcellus shale), so human activity didn't cause them.

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