Comment on Amish, Fracking, and the Energy Industry by Primitive Christianity.
When we lived in Noble County, Ohio (we had Amish neighbors there), we had a gas well drilled and fracked on the property we were living on.
So they drill down to 3000′ (took a week or so). Dump 50 or so tanker trucks of water in the hole and then fracked. Then they opened the valve on top to take off the gas and turned the donkey head pump on for the oil. For a couple of weeks they had to take a tanker full of salty water out of the oil tanks every day or two. After that it was only occasionally.
The well pad was maybe 1/4 an acre.
We lived within a couple hundred yards of the whole process. We could hear the drilling at night, but it didnt really bother us from sleeping. It was not a big environmental disaster, other than the company didn’t take care of the road they had made on the property like I would have preferred. But when I called them, they seemed to make an effort to please me. It was a very steep road and they were trying to get it sowed down so it wouldnt wash, but the soil was poor to start with, so they were having a tough time.
Fracking causing earthquakes??? We lived, as I said, within a few hundred yards of the process. They dumped maybe 25 tanker truck loads of water in the well, and basically dropped a drilling rod on the top, which was the equivalent of hitting the water with a huge sledge hammer. That wham from the dropping rod would build up momentary pressure on all the water they had pumped in. The water had seeped into the cracks of the surrounding rock at the bottom of the 3000 foot deep well. The result? You had an area equivalent to where 25 tanker trucks of water would extend (line up 25 tanker trucks side by side, and you get an idea of just how small an area that really is–maybe an acre wide a few feet deep???) that would get up to 15,000 thousand pounds of momentary pressure.
When you figure that the pressure of the natural gas that is in the ground can be as high as several thousand pounds before they even tap into it, the fracking in that zone isnt like introducing huge pressures that never existed before. I mean, after all, you have 3000 feet of rock piled on top of the whole fracturing process to start with.
Yeah, I think the environmental concern is overblown a bit. But I am not saying that there isnt or couldnt be negative effects of the process in some cases.