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  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 10:05 AM, Frackman wrote:

    You know I would really appreciate it if you guys putting up these half witted stories that are not true on as facts.

    The study linked Deep Injection Disposal Wells used to dispose of every chemical under the sun from all manufacturing companies not just oil and gas companies.

    I Deep Injection Disosal Well is NOT I repeat Not a Horizontal Hydraulically Fractured well used to produce oil or natural gas.

    The Deep injection disposal well is drill down to ten miles or more and all chemical waste is injected into the well and kept under extremely high pressure constantly.

    A Horizontally Hydraulic Fractured Well is drilled down about five thousand feet the bit is then turned sideways and once the well is drilled it is pressurized for about two months injectiong 95% water and sand with additional lubricating chemicals which fractures (spilts) the shale to the widths of the grans of sand to allow for the natural gas or oil to escape. Once a Horizontally Hydraulic Well is Fractured the pressure is relieved and the flowback water is pumped into tanker trucks and either brought to a deep injection well for disposal or brought to water treatment sites to be cleaned and reused in the next well. The latter is becoming more of the standard then the use of deep injection wells.

    So for god sake stop spreading misinformation its really sad that so many media outlets looking for head lines spread lies and misinformation as fact just for free advertisement.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 10:12 AM, Frackman wrote:

    Sara,

    You should first verify then report. Your story is not true and you are false portraying a deep disposal Injection well(10 miles deep under constant high pressure) used to dispose of every chemical manufactured from every industry not just oil and gas.

    with a horizontally hydraulic fractured well (5000 feet -7000 feet under high pressure for about two months) Used specifically for oil and gas production.

    You should retract and reinvestigate with real sources and science not scenes from gasland.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 1:52 PM, Fury2012 wrote:

    Maybe they could frack each well a little at a time. Would mean hooking onto the well more often but would use less water each time. And with settling out and cleaning the water it should be able to be reused. If they would just reyse allthe water and adjust the chemicals they could get by with much less water and very little disposal. Also there are some new ways to clean that water that are verry efficient and relatively low cost. Even paying for themselves by reclaiming a majority of oil that wouldn't be reclaimed from the water otherwise.,

  • Report this Comment On July 15, 2013, at 12:23 AM, predfern wrote:

    The fracking earthquake link has been debunked. The US Geological Survey finds no link between fracking and earthquakes. There is a link between disposal of wastewater and earthquakes but there are straightforward fixes to the problem. BTW sequestering CO2 would also cause earthquakes.

    “We find no evidence that fracking is related to the occurrence of earthquakes that people are feeling,” said USGS seismologist Bill Ellsworth after releasing a study on the issue.

    Fact-Checking ‘Gasland Part II’

    Anti-fracking film littered with inaccurate and misleading claims

    BY: Lachlan Markay

    July 10, 2013 5:51 pm

    http://freebeacon.com/fact-checking-gasland-part-ii/

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