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They’re Drilling

Today the first – small – drilling rigs arrived:

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The First (Small) Drilling "Rigs"

I tend to think it’s the beginnings only as usually they use really big drilling rigs here. Therefore I think that something really different will be showing up soon. It’s going to be two wells, btw, one towards the south and one towards the north.

There was an article about the dangers of fracking in our newspaper [San Antonio Express-News] today.

Um diesen Artikel in Deutsch zu lesen, hier klicken.

4 responses to “They’re Drilling

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  4. I really believe – or should I rather say hope? – that at least some of the environmentally detrimental events will not happen hereabouts with the drilling/fracking in the Eagle Ford Shale in southern Texas. On the one hand, the rock formations that are exploited here are definitely much deeper than the aquifers. Thus simple permeation of the fracking compounds is not possible. And I also think the industry has certainly made quite a bit of progress in making the process of drilling & fracking safer. But then, especially with a largely unregulated and often only laxly supervised industry you never know if they really adhere to the best safety standards or – as many suspect – they’ll cut corners to increase their profits. And of course, there’s always Murphy’s law: “What can go wrong, will go wrong.” Thus, e.g., a leak in the cement casing of the well, contaminating the aquifer, is always within the range of possibility. And even if a spill “only” occurs above ground, it still pollutes. But at present my biggest concern – especially with our drought conditions – is the enormous amount of water [800,000 to 1,000,000 gallons] just one well needs. And at present there are about 1,000 wells being drilled here.

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