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Oklahoma Impact Team: Is Fracking Really Putting Oklahomans At Risk?

News9 -- TULSA, Oklahoma -

Energy experts say fracking is the key to American energy sustainability. Some environmentalists say it's the worst human innovation ever. Either way, it's happening at a record pace in Oklahoma.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of creating small cracks in rock formations thousands of feet below the surface to release trapped oil and gas. To create those cracks, producers push huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals into the rock formations.

6/7/201 Related Story: Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm: Lots Of Data, But Few Answers

But fracking is nothing new. Companies like Haliburton have been fracking oil and gas wells for decades. What is new? Horizontal drilling. Combine that with fracking and the continued demand for natural gas and it creates the current


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Submitted Feb 22, 2012 By: LetemEatCake
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roadrunnin
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 8:51:38 PM

So only 1% of the chemicals used are supposed to be hazardous. . . kind of like cigarette smoking doesn't really cause cancer . . . right
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 7:31:50 PM

SkyWarnTX....

I gotta ask, and I don't expect you to have the cajones to reply, how does your screed have anything to do with OK fracking? This inquiring mind would really like to know!

[Edited by: LetemEatCake at 2/22/2012 10:32:40 PM EST]
fowlcan
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 8:11:40 AM

Where can you find a non-oil expert to study this? Someone that will not lose a thin dime out of their income. Got it~~>>> Mars
puinsai808
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 7:08:24 AM

Yawn.
dgerst
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 6:04:09 AM

Fracking needs further study to quantify the impact on ground water and seismic activity
YaBassa
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 5:36:12 AM

If this practice of fracking continues there will be multiple new "Love Canals" all over the US. We will have no choice but to pay a premium for some company's bottled water. I'm going to make a new smart phone application called "WaterBuddy".
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 5:19:05 AM

At this point, people people need to make up their own minds. It seems the experts have conflicting opinions on hydraulic fracturing.
gs7101
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 5:00:55 AM

Ok.
GasPriceHelp4u
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 3:48:16 AM

Get some research done on the long term effects of fracking, instead of changing the story every other day!!! Get your act together, scientists!!!
grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 3:46:10 AM

Drill drill drill.
asog75
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 2:16:20 AM

lets rock
jcurley
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 12:53:03 AM

Good article by the way. It actually presents some info from multiple sides!
jcurley
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 12:51:43 AM

@Dodge_Me -- It's not the pressure, but the liquid and the friction-reducer -- it could act like a big can of WD-40. The plates are under pressure and are moving in different directions.

As a tree-hugger (you're welcome), I really do wish we could replace gasoline with natural gas in most of our cars, as long as the NG is extracted safely.
djgunrunner
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2012 12:22:28 AM

Is fracking bad or are the tree huggers choosing now to make a big deal out of it?
TXryder
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:42:45 PM

nope frack away , I do not live there.
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:31:50 PM

Still don't see how man can create enough pressure to move a whole tectonic plate, we're talking about more land mass than any man made machine could possibly move. Like lifting a 100 lb weight with a toothpick
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:27:45 PM

Well where are the true answers???
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:23:16 PM

i sure hope it proves out to really be safe....
ScorpDrvr
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:19:42 PM

The real problem with contaminating ground water is not during the fracking itself but during the disposal of the waste water, which is injected into wells, etc.
HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:14:34 PM

I hope someone with the right knowledge will be able to come to a safe conclusion and for the fracking companies to do the right thing and if not legislate them to do the right thing.
Jeeputtputt
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:14:12 PM

who knows?
gasokie
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:11:50 PM

Fracking is done several thousand feet below water tables. These areas of concern are looked at closely by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission which has a lot of experience in this. There is no case of any cross contamination except in the early years when pressurizing with salt water or other waste waters was allow in some very shallow oil zones. Of course, if you pump that in your drinking water you get it right back. It's not rocket science.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:11:14 PM

Tar sands bad, fracking good. Guess it's in the opinionof the teller!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:10:29 PM

This is fracking unbelievable!!
yelobus
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:04:34 PM

This is a no brainer. If you jam chemicals into your water supply you will drink them later.
windows7isfast
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 11:04:00 PM

cool
ssperkin
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:52:46 PM

They're getting lazy. Safety standards are getting lax. It's why we have issues with things like the Keystone pipeline!
36_ACRES_4_SALE
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:51:29 PM

Ok Frack
GrahamTurismo
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:48:14 PM

wat the frack?
UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:48:11 PM


I am more concerned about the water and what they do with the waste.
OWENALOTT
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:45:57 PM

Safety first!
NOTSOGRN
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:38:30 PM

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"Hydraulic fracturing has been used commercially since 1949, and there have been no known cases of drinking water contamination. In Oklahoma, the practice is already regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the state agency that oversees the oil and natural gas industry. Similar agencies oversee hydraulic fracturing in other energy-producing states, and these state entities can respond more quickly than any federal agency to issues that require immediate regulatory attention."

"The best scenario is the same scenario the EPA found in 2004, when the federal agency found no evidence fracking threatens drinking water. Just one week ago, Steve Heare, director of EPA’s Drinking Water Protection Division, said he hadn’t seen any documented cases that hydraulic fracturing contaminated water supplies. Hydraulic fracturing is a safe, well-regulated practice that is the key to increased natural gas production in America and a healthy energy economy in Oklahoma."
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:34:41 PM

Seventy five years ago the Anthracite coal industry told us that the GOLD water coming into our streams was ok for swimming and drinking (once you go past the smell). o one believed them but it ruined many great fishing streams, killed lots of wild life and cost a fortune to clean up, So, I look at the Fracking industry with a jaundiced eye,
NOTSOGRN
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:32:12 PM

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OK do it with out water..."GASFRAC Energy Services Inc’s. proprietary LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Fracturing Process utilizes gelled LPG in place of conventional fracturing fluids. The unique properties of the LPG fracturing process result in significant savings on material expenses and fracture clean up, as well as increased well productivity."
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The LPG used in the process is highly soluble in formation hydrocarbons. As a result, the LPG process results in less damage to formations than conventional hydraulic fracturing. And unlike conventional treatments where as much as 50% of the carrier remains in the reservoir and hinders well performance, virtually 100% of the LPG can be recovered.
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GASFRAC Energy Services Inc’s
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[Edited by: NOTSOGRN at 2/22/2012 1:33:49 AM EST]
btex49
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:31:43 PM

There are other topics other than fricking fracking!
hubcapLA
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:30:54 PM

Enough about fracking already, nobody really knows.
nztyraider
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:30:54 PM

No.
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:30:15 PM

They already reported on this yesterday. Fracking has no impact and is not causing earthquakes. Put it to bed.
TommyTraveler
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:28:06 PM

Who really knows.
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:27:40 PM

Just an easy out
TheeRedRam
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:27:16 PM

What The Frack
teafortwo
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:26:49 PM

BIG OIL & GAS love us

Looking at the big picture? Water is essential to life.

"Potable" water? Means water safe for consumption & free of disease causing contaminates.

The fracking Industry shills that are telling folks not to worry? They'll be long gone.

If fracking causes no problems?

Why is the Industry spending BILLION$ to suppress the truth, confuse $ deceive?

Much like BIG TOBACCO. Why would a multi-billion dollar corporation lie?

What is that phrase? Pick your poison.

A pound of prevention is worth BILLION$ in cure.

BIG OIL & GAS love us
1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:25:06 PM

really
DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:24:40 PM

Asking questions again?

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.
must87searcher
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:23:55 PM

At least it is good to know that fracturing has been done for some time. It may take away this anxiety fracturing has been getting.
gmcgas
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:22:52 PM

who knows?
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:21:44 PM

continue
N1SJK
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:20:51 PM

Energy sustainability is the key, but for how long?
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:17:21 PM

sjambok...

You might rethink your comments about News9. FYI, Channel 9 is a CONSERVATIVE station from a conservative state that makes a great deal of money from Big Oil & Gas.

Further, the report is well balanced, giving both pro's and cons. Because you don't like a report, don't paint it with the Greenie brush! Channel 9 is around the bend and over the cliff from Greenies. Just be honest and say:

"I am not going to be confused by any information or facts." This statement is at least more honest than your comments, and we will at least know you have limited reading skills.

Peace Dude!

[Edited by: LetemEatCake at 2/22/2012 1:19:52 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:15:09 PM

With all the demand for natural gas why can't we have stations that sell it for vehicles? We only have one car manufacturer the Honda Civic that runs on CNG and dealers may sell the gas but they are many miles apart.
roadrunnin
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2012 10:14:46 PM

kind of how cigarettes were not "proven" to cause cancer . . .
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