Those other Gasland reviews

I’ve controlled myself recently since I didn’t want to add to Josh Fox’s victim fantasies, which would deprive a great artiste of his well-deserved Oscar thanks to a major campaign pushed against him by Halliburton et al.

It is after all about art, not politics. If it was about politics the excellent  Inside Job would surely be just as much a target of evil capitalists as Gasland. The director of Inside Job for example:

the financial industry has become so politically powerful that it is able to inhibit the normal process of justice and law enforcement

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Welsh Shale Gas

The surprise, and there promise to be others,  about Cuadrilla Resources’ Bowland Shale success is that if there was going to be shale in the UK, the Bowland wasn’t at the top of the list.  The East Midlands,  Dorset and Isle of Wight, South Downs and Central Scotland were all considered far more prospective.  Similarly,  in South Wales BG has been pushing CBM to extract methane from abandoned coal mines.

As I say now,  CBM is so 2008. It may work, but why bother?  Drill a few hundred feet and get enough gas to power a small generator, sometimes barely enough to be a CHP plant for  a single user.  UK PEDL licenses allow extraction of gas, oil, CBM, shale or whatever.  CBM is thinking small, shale is thinking big. Therefore  we’ve seen a run up in values of companies like Igas and Alkane who are waking up to converting from CBM to shale.

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Why Quebec is different

It’s been some time since I’ve posted on developments in the Utica Shale between Montreal and Quebec City, where yet another of North America’s giant shale plays is conveniently situated.  At first developing  the play should have looked like a no-brainer, but it’s all going horribly wrong:

It is supposed to find a way for Quebec to “harmoniously” develop the shale-gas industry, touted by the provincial government as a potential gold mine for the economy and as a greener alternative to other fossil fuels.

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The other big problem in the Marcellus shale.

This is far being the only important thing about natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania, but it sure wasn’t mentioned in the NYT today either.  But for the local press in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, this is a big issue. How big?

Mark Windle, a spokesman for Range Resources — Western Pennsylvania’s dominant leaseholder — estimates that since the onset of the shale boom around 2002, landowners have received more than $5 billion in lease and royalty payments.

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NY Times on Shale and Water

Big spread in the NY Times on Sunday on the not new issue of how to treat flowback water, especially in Pennsylvania.

a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.

While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.

Pennsylvania, for some reason is particularly unable to recycle waste water by injecting it deep underground, which is the usual practice in Texas – and the one that will be used in Lancashire. PA also has more of a naturally occurring radioactivity issue via radon.

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How to get suckered into security of supply fears

Amazingly awfully mis-informed article from the UK Daily Telegraph on gas security.  Surely there is no connection between this and the Centrica results yesterday?

Of course there is.  Centrica are still playing the gas shortage card as a way to rationalise price increases. And UK financial journalists enable them as they sabotage the economy by having irrelevant, uninformed scare mongering instead of prosaic reality.

The Telegraph starts off with the scary statistic:

The UK currently imports just over half of its gas needs. With this figure expected to rise to 83pc by 2025, when it comes to gas reserves, according to the US central intelligence agency.

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Cuadrilla Video

This new video from Cuadrilla describing their drilling in Lancashire UK should be seen by anyone drilling anywhere for shale.  Cuadrilla aren’t only using the most up-to-date drilling technology, their PR machine could teach anyone in North America how to engage and address community concerns at an early stage:

I’ll put this video on the site itself this weekend, but for now follow the You Tube link

UPS goes LNG

United Parcel Service has a fleet of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide,  so this news is either underwhelming or an indication of what can be done:

 UPS plans to add 48heavy -duty trucks powered by  liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its ground operations on the U.S. West Coast; an investment partially paid for with grant money from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Clean Cities program and the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s LNG Corridor Expansion Project.

The purchase includes 48 LNG trucks, 38 of which will be deployed in Las Vegas with the remainder based in Ontario, CA, with all of the vehicles operating on routes between those two cities. Part of that purchase includes the building of publically-accessible LNG fueling stations in Las Vegas, UPS said.

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No Hot Air at UK Parliament Energy and Climate Change Committee

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The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the second public evidence hearing of its ‘Shale Gas’ inquiry at 10.15 am on Tuesday 1 March 2011 in the Grimond room, Portcullis House (location subject to change). The Committee will hear from:

Who will they see?
At 10.15 am
Mark Miller, CEO, and
Dennis Carlton, Executive Director, Cuadrilla Resources
Andrew Austin, CEO, IGas Energy

At 11.15 am
Nick Grealy, Publisher, No Hot Air
Jonathan Craig, Fellow, Geological Society

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Take your pick on Polish gas

Polish gas has been complicated for some time by differing agendas in different parts of the government. Right from the start, shale has been talked up and talked down even by politicians from the same party.  In last year’s election campaign we saw the President say shale wouldn’t work just as his foreign secretary said that it would.

Tuesday we had this story:

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