Fossil Fuel Factual Fallacies: New York Times Called Out by Renowned GeoscientistRarely is the public treated to such inaccurate, misleading and unhelpful journalism as in “There Will Be Fuel” by New York Times correspondent, Clifford Krauss, even in this era of political spin and smoke and mirrors surrounding energy. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/business/energy-environment/17FUEL.html?_r=2 With respect to shale gas production in the U.S., which the author hypes along with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), U.S. gas production in 2009 was still four percent below the 1973 gas production peak. The U.S. is still a net gas importer via pipeline from Canada and via LNG from many countries. Despite the hype of people like Aubrey McClendon, the CEO of shale gas producer Chesapeake, who was recently featured on 60 Minutes, and who testifiedbefore Congress that U.S. gas production could increase by 50 percent or more in the next decade, the realities of shale gas make this unlikely. Shale gas wells have very high decline rates, between 65 and 85 percent in the first year, are high tech and hence expensive, utilize large amounts of water, and have environmental costs that are now becoming evident. The EPA has begun an extensive investigation of the environmental issues surrounding â€œfracking,â€ upon which shale gas production depends. In summary, oil and gas are finite resources that are being consumed at unprecedented and growing rates. Despite what Kraussâ€™ article says, the U.S. is the worst offender and is highly vulnerable to future energy price and supply shocks. The growth trajectory of the already high consumption levels in the industrialized world and the rapid growth in consumption in the developing world is patently unsustainable. Articles such as this falsely promote complacency and thus are an extreme disservice to understanding the energy sustainability dilemma facing the World. The premise of this article that the U.S. is approaching â€œenergy independenceâ€ could not be further from the truth. Source: J. David Hughes – Fellow, a geoscientist who has researched, published and lectured widely on global energy and sustainability issues in North America and internationally. He is a board member of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, Canada and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute.
â€œGuinea Pigs Atop The Marcellus Shaleâ€
A public meeting, presentation, Q&A 7:00 â€“ 9:00 p.m. Tuesday November 30th Watsontown United Methodist Church 1319 Eight Street Drive, WatsontownA recently formed group, â€œWarrior Run Residents for Responsible Developmentâ€ (WRRRD), invites the public to attend a slide presentation by Barb Jarmoska from 7:00 â€“ 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30th at the Methodist Church on Eighth Street Drive, Watsontown. WAARD is sponsoring this presentation because of a growing concern about the expansion of gas drilling to the Watsontown area.Â Especially troubling is the permit application by a Texas Company seeking to build a tank farm to mix and store 500,000 gallons of drilling mud on Matthew Street in Watsontown.Â The tank farm would be on land leased by Moran Industries, a company that has already established gas drilling storage services in Montgomery.
RDA Writes to the Borough of WatsontownRDA mailed the following letter to the Borough of Watsontown on 11-27-2010
As members of the Board of Directors of the Responsible Drilling Alliance (RDA), we are very concerned about the natural gas industryâ€™s industrialization of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s farmlands, forests, small towns, and rural communities.Â Our concerns are shared by a group of residents in your area known as the Warrior Run Residents for Responsible Developmentâ€ (WRRRD).
We are troubled by the proposed construction of the National Oilwell Varco (NOV) tank farm in Watsontown.Â With such construction comes greatly increased truck traffic and its accompanying air and noise pollution, congestion, and loss of property values for all who live nearby.
Although many media sources and public officials are proclaiming the gas industry will bring wealth and prosperity to our region, many PhDs and experts in the fields of economics, engineering, and environmental sciences are saying precisely the opposite. What lies in store may be more accurately described as a privatization of wealth in the hands of a few and the socializing of costs that will be born by many who are negatively impacted by this development.
RDA understands that the Watsontown Borough zoning ordinance states that local officials are bound to:Â â€œâ€¦prevent overcrowding of land, blight, danger and congestion in travel and transportation, loss of health, life or property from fire, flood, panic, or other danger of people in the community.â€
RDA believes the only way to adhere to this pledge is a full and open public discussion of the matter, a comprehensive study of all the ramifications this development will bring, and a consensus about what this tank farm will mean to area residents both now and in the future when the gas rush ends.
RDA intends to resist the NOV project, believing the development is not favorable to the health and way of life enjoyed by Watsontown area residents.
Respectfully yours, RDA Board of Directors