June 04, 2009

Nyerd Nyerd Nyerd

Although I've never actually watched Battlestar Galactica, I've spent enough time with enough of its fans (viz. the entire MFA program at Emerson College) to be highly amused by this article from the Associated Press about collecting oil via a process called "hydraulic fracturing" or . . . fracking.

A few of the gems:
Fracking involves injecting liquids, sand and chemicals underground to force open channels in tight sand and rock formations so that oil and gas will flow. . . .

Nine out of 10 wells drilled nationwide are fracked, [Energy in Depth spokesperson Chris] Tucker said. . . .

"I don't have any problems with the fracking process per se, it's the chemicals they use in the process," said Wally White, a commissioner in La Plata County . . .

Companies say they use mostly sand and water in fracking, but also acknowledge using chemicals and lubricants to help coax the oil and gas out. They guard their fracking recipes as proprietary information. . . .

[Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute member Geoffrey] Thyne said he has read many technical papers on fracking as part of a study he did as an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines. . . . Thyne said he would prefer comprehensive studies and monitoring over federal regulation of fracking.
Someone at the AP is having a laugh, right?

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