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Shooting for a cause

July 13, 2013

The sounds of gunfire filled the air at the grounds of the Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County Friday as shooters helped raise money toward a worthy cause....

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Jul-14-13 12:52 AM

Drill baby drill

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Jul-13-13 5:58 PM


You see fracking fluid as some incredibly toxic soup.

It is thickened with a gelling agent (natural), lubricated using a neutral lubricant (like you use on food grade seals) and an algicide like you use in your swimming pool.

There is nothing toxic about fracking fluid.

Now, what comes out of the depths of mother nature is another story........

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Jul-13-13 5:56 PM


Where are all these permanent well contaminations taking place from failed grouting?

Are there failures? Yup.

When a water well near a gas well reports problems, the gas industry immediately provides potable water to the affected home(s) until an investigation can take place.

If you look at the Dimmock case, most of the residents were very satisfied with the industry's efforts and remidiation.

Only a handful of homeowners continued to complain until every environmental agency, including the EPA said "enough".

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Jul-13-13 12:38 PM


Some of the agencies that regulate the O&G industry are: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC), Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), US Coast Guard (USCG), Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mineral Management Service (MMS), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). Each state has it's own jurisdictional agencies.

In your example, seat belts have reduced deaths but they have still not eliminated them. I would say the O&G regulations are far more effective than those concerning seat belts.

Can you specifically tell use where O&G regulations could be changed to improve it, reasonably.

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Jul-13-13 10:37 AM

Francine, I couldn't disagree with more on ur take of Eric. He seems well versed in all aspects of completions work. His knowledge is far superior to that of my own. When someone BS's, I can tell. I wouldn't b surprised if he was a consultant. Always interesting and informational.

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Jul-13-13 9:44 AM


Steel casing is designed to meet certain pressure requirements. It is an engineering calculation. Steel industry manufacturing standards are followed in manufacturing the casing.

Finally, when the casing is cemented in the well, the pressure is increased to a pre-defined pressure for a certain length of time while the casing is full of fresh water to make sure that the casing is strong enough. This is called a hydrostatic pressure test.

I did some quick googling and there are multiple places that show casing strength. I would suggest that you cut and paste the following words into google browser "API casing strength oilzone tools".

You will see for different diameter casings and different metallurgies, and different joint connection types, the pipe will be rated for different pressures.

I hope this helps.

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Jul-13-13 8:13 AM

Nice Francine:

Your pro-imported oil view of things creates conspiracies that you feel compelled to post in face of charitable events.

You have a problem.

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Jul-13-13 8:13 AM


The casing is steel.

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