Comments on: Washington is neglecting a natural choice in gas http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/ Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: grammym http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/comment-page-1/#comment-5997 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 22:10:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5115#comment-5997 Using horozontial hydro fracturing to extract Natural Gas, is unconventional and dirty. As one comment above mentioned, the extraction process for Natural Gas is more polluting to the air than extracting for coal. Moreover, in the Marcellus shale there are radioactive components in the shale that can surface through the drilling process. Moreover, the quality of the aquifers and the water reservoirs are the most important components to sustain life. We cannot put them at risk.

The industry has over estimated the reserves. Because of rock-bottom gas prices, the unconventional methods to produce gas costs more than the revenues it generates. Economically, this is red ink on the bottom line. No matter how productive a well is, there are no profits. Each well has a very short productive life of only a few years. Therefore many thousands of wells will have to be drilled increasing costs and endangering other industries such as, for example, farming, tourism, and small businesses a such a breweries all depending on good drinkable water.

Public funds should not be used for the fossil fuel industry, they have enough subsidies and these scarce funds would be better spent in retrofitting homes and commercial buildings to conserve energy and on light and rail mass transportation as well as supporting small business enterprises. This would be an immediate boost to economically suffering communities.

We are in the 21st Century. It is time to think differently and boldly. The health of our environment demands it.

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By: Amityfarms http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/comment-page-1/#comment-5901 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:58:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5115#comment-5901 Wow Acetracy, you apparrently have no knowledge of coal mining, or gas development. Are you aware of the damage done by acid mine drainage? Have you heard of mine subsidence from long wall or room and pillar mining and how it causes entire aquifers to be drained, creeks to go dry, etc? – and the damage is permanent, not a one time withdrawl, use and treatment like the gas industry is required to do. How about the relative volumes of water used for gas extraction versus the amount of water used (and poluted with fertilizers) by the golf industry? That is just one of the major warter users that make water use for gas drilling and fracking a litteral drop in the biucket. Plus the gas industry is required to capture and treat the water to a degree not required by any other industry. Are you aware that most of the industry has ALREADY disclosed the frack chemicals? Go to Range Resources web site where you can easily get clue regarding the frack chemicals, which are disclosed in detail for every well – Halliburton has also fully disclosed their frack recipe. Your reply sounds like a collection of talking points from liberal blogs and web sites with no connection to reality.

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By: KingHubbert05 http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/comment-page-1/#comment-5889 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:22:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5115#comment-5889 We’ve reached “peak oil” (read about on wiki), and we’re quickly approaching peak gas. Neither of these are long-term solutions.

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By: Ralphooo http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/comment-page-1/#comment-5882 Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:16:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5115#comment-5882 Here we have just one more example of the destructive power of entrenched interests. Apparently there is no public policy too sensible to be thwarted by the energy kings, and no level of neglect of the people’s business too high for Congress to climb.

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By: Acetracy http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/comment-page-1/#comment-5881 Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:11:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5115#comment-5881 Mr. Swann, I really so ignorant of the pollution issues with fracking for natural gas. Compared to coal, it is even worse since coal at least doesn’t require a huge amount of water resources to mine (though the residue of coal dust and strip mining of mountains certainly has ruined many water resources).

The gas industry refuses to release the toxic components put into the water during fracking. And it is toxic, no doubt. Water brought to the surface and left in pools is absolutely deadly as many a poor farm animal has found out that accidently drank from one of these pools.

The whole natural resources industry: oil, coal and gas has made its fortune by dumping onto states and local government the toxic residue of their operations. Their whole PR effort, which your article seems to be a product of, tries to push the economic benefit over the environmental disaster.

However, let’s be very honest. How long has man lived without natural gas? How long would man live without clean water resources?

Your next article should disclose exactly what the fracking operation entails including the toxic formula pushed into the water system to release the natural gas plus the the toxic chemicals released from the shale. Only then can readers know that Reuters is truly a news organization and not a shill for industry.

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By: doninvestor http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/comment-page-1/#comment-5870 Sat, 15 Jan 2011 02:32:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5115#comment-5870 There is amble evidence that many decisions made without recognizing the technical problems of using wind and solar due to there intermittent production and distribution of electricity.In my opinion these decisions where made on a political basis without regard to the technical problems. I believe this author has right idea, if these ideas where implemented we would go along way to reducing the import of energy. We do not have the time implement the present policies to reduce the import of energy.

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By: losconinhum http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2011/01/14/washington-is-neglecting-a-natural-choice-in-gas/comment-page-1/#comment-5868 Sat, 15 Jan 2011 01:02:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/columns/?p=5115#comment-5868 It takes a long time for elected officials to get all of there ducks in a row . They have already accepted money from other energy sources . That comes first , not the country.

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