Texas shale history provides key context on downbeat CA report

Texas shale history provides key context on downbeat CA report

o-CALIFORNIA-FRACKINGThe new federal report sharply reducing the amount of oil believed to be “technically recoverable” in California’s Monterey Shale triggered glee among the greens who hate fossil fuels. But as the Bakersfield Californian reported, oil companies hardly saw the report as a game-changer in their pursuit of the black gold beneath the Central Valley and some coastal counties. Why? Because of this context:

“Thirty years ago, energy companies began drilling for natural gas in the Barnett Shale, a huge underground formation in Central Texas. Their high hopes were not shared by the U.S. Geological Survey, which estimated only 1 trillion to 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas were ‘technically recoverable’ in Barnett. For more than a decade, this skepticism seemed dead-on.

“But then increasing refinements to an old drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing demolished assumptions about what was ‘technically recoverable.’ By 2003, nearly 1,800 wells had successfully tapped the Barnett Shale, triggering an economic boom that continues to enrich Texas to this day.

“So far, the Barnett Shale has yielded 13 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. An estimated 31 trillion more cubic feet is now seen as ‘technically recoverable.’”

Fracking keeps improving — and proving estimates wrong

That’s from my U-T San Diego editorial. Here’s some more:

“[Energy firms] remember what was said about the Barnett Shale — and they know that because of technological gains, hydraulic fracturing just keeps getting more and more effective. In hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, giant underground water cannons are used to pulverize rock formations that block access to oil and natural gas reserves. With every passing year, energy companies are able to more precisely map underground drilling areas — and aim their water cannons — using the equivalent of immense MRIs.”

I know California’s underground geology is so fractured because of seismic activity that experts say it will be much more difficult to access oil and natural gas reserves than in North Dakota or Texas. But it seems a decent bet that the biggest obstacle to fracking in California remains not our geology but the intense opposition by enviros — which is greatly aided by the bizarre refusal of the California media to acknowledge that the greenest president in history considers it safe.

If the CA fracking debate built off the understanding that the Obama administration has repeatedly attested to its safety, the tone of the debate would be much different. Green true believers wouldn’t change their minds. But lots of moderates — and lots of poor people tired of living in the state with the nation’s highest poverty rate — might take a fresh look at fracking.


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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 May, 2014, 07:05

    “Fracking”= The new (green) energy!

    Love energy 😉

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  2. Bud Led Ted S.
    Bud Led Ted S. 25 May, 2014, 08:55

    LOL so I guess the doomers support massive fed gov oil subsidies!


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    • Donkey
      Donkey 25 May, 2014, 10:23

      TCS, like the pension “subsidies” the RAGWUS feeders get? You don’t even have a clue what a subsidy is TCS.

      I happen to invest in EOM and that company pays billions in taxes through their employees and dividends. They take the write-offs for investment in new equipment which puts even more money into the economy. Only tax-feeding fools, most whom are Algorites, see industry as being subsidized. 🙂

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  3. Bud Led Ted S.
    Bud Led Ted S. 25 May, 2014, 08:57


    600 chemicals injected at high pressure below the water table—- What could possibly go wrong?

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 25 May, 2014, 10:31

      More lies from an Algorite worshiper.
      TCS, government pensions are ruining Gaia’s heath, she is losing her ability to breath, we must stop all RAGWUS pensions now for they are allowing the RAGWUS feeders too much time to travel which is increasing greenhouse gases.
      If the truth was known we would find that TCS is one of the main greenhouse gas producers in the world. 🙂

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      • Bud Led Ted S.
        Bud Led Ted S. 26 May, 2014, 13:49

        Duncey don’t need no gal dern science.

        Fox News ™

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 26 May, 2014, 15:36

          TCS, RAGWUS feeder leader, GED yes, integrity no, willing to steal from his neighbor yes, willing to work an honest days work no, thankful for his government job not at all he was owed his lot for being born. Just what you would expect from a feral RAGWUS feeder. 🙂

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  4. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 25 May, 2014, 12:46

    Stop owning Teddy Donk, his ego will be shattered 🙂

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 26 May, 2014, 08:37

    GED twins always carping about little ball.

    The big picture for you two loons……no future, no now…no past!

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 26 May, 2014, 10:14

      Ahaul, the big picture is RAGWUS fools like you that hate any and all fossil fuels. As is always the case with feeders, “we have ours, to heck with the taxpayers.” 🙂

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  6. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 27 May, 2014, 08:05

    Teddy….he failed first grade….he is in remedial kindergarten with a bunch of ship jumping Greeks from Crete and a couple of surly Chad types who walked to Adelanto from Canada.

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