Monday, March 13, 2017

How Much Water Does Texas Use for Oil & Gas Drilling?

Click on the map above and click on the blue pins.  Each blue in is an oil or gas spill. 
Does the average person in Texas aware of the volume of water used by oil and gas drilling?
Each oil & gas fracking well uses averages 2-6 million gallons of water pumped underground.  

According to Wikipedia:

From January 2011 through May 2013, oil & gas fracking rigs in the Eagle Ford Shale region of Texas used approximately 19 billion gallons of water for its 4,300-plus wells. That's was the highest water use of any fracking region in the country.

In 2012 it was estimated that each fracked well in the Barnett Shale of Texas used 2.8 million gallons; in Eagle Ford Shale of Texas, 4.3 million per fracked well; and in Haynesville Shale region of Texas, 5.7 million gallons per fracked well.

A 2013 study published in Environmental Science and Technology looked at past and projected water use for fracking in the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville shale plays in Texas, and found that fracking in 2011 was using more than twice as much water in the state as it was three years earlier. In Dimmit County, home to the Eagle Ford shale development in South Texas, fracking accounted for nearly a quarter of overall water consumption in 2011 and is expected to grow to a third in a few years, according to the study.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Using A Magnetic Field to Clean Up Oil Spills in Water - Patent


New Patent Filed - Process for cleaning up oil spills - The present invention relates to a system for controlling oil spills floating on open bodies of water. The process involves dispersing a hydrocarbon base ferrofluid containing an oil soluble water insoluble surfactant and a stable colloid of magnetic solids e.g. magnetite into the oil slick, then using a magnetic field to attract and pick up the oil spill, which is now magnetically responsive.  Patent US 3635819 A

Not sure if this video below showing how a magnetic wand cleans an oil spill has any relation but I find this interesting.

Keystone Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline Maps


Dakota Access Pipeline Map

Monday, January 23, 2017

Campus Activism: How to Organize a Student Protest


If you are a student who is passionate about dealing with the issue of fracking and stopping it from happening around the world, organizing a student protest is one of the best ways to get your voice heard and inform others of your plight. If big enough, protests can be influential in decision-making, and at times, protests have stopped policies from going through or decisions from being made. Here’s how to organize a student protest against fracking at your college campus.

Get People Involved

The first thing that you’ll need to do when setting up your student protest is get people involved. Before you move on to the planning and organizing stage, you will need to know that you have enough people involved in the protest to make an impact and make people take notice. There are many ways in which you can get people involved, for example by putting up posters or handing up flyers around your campus, or using social media such as Facebook Events. Using social media is a great way to promote your protest or event if you’re at online student studying from home with Rutgers Online MSW online programs.

Get Support

At college, there is often a range of societies and groups which students can join. These are comprised of sports clubs, hobbies, and often activist groups, too. Perhaps there is an ‘Eco-Friendly’ group or society at your college, in which case they would be the ideal people to ask to support your protest. Even if you’re studying for your M.S.W. online, you will likely still have access to groups and societies on campus. Or, you may want to reach out to an environmental charity to endorse you, perhaps by sharing your event on their social media page or providing sponsorship. Having the right support behind you will boost your chances of making an impact.

Get Permission

Protests are often busy and loud, and with the risks of violence and escalation that often come with even the most peaceful of protests, the last thing that you want is for your protest to be unauthorized and cause chaos. The best way to gain attention isn’t through causing a riot, but by simply demanding that you are heard – something that is best done with peaceful, planned protests backed up with a police presence and proper structure. So, be sure that you have permission from the relevant authorities and have informed local law enforcement agencies of your plans.

Set Guidelines

When organizing a student protest, it’s important to make sure that it has strict guidelines to adhere by, as failing to do so could result in the protest getting out of hand. This could include rules about placards, for example, or making clear that unacceptable behavior will result in a protestor being removed. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion in Texas Caught on Police Dashcam


Huge Gas Line Explosion Caught on Police Dashcam in Texas

The explosion happened about a quarter mile south of County Road W on TH 207 just before 11 p.m. Monday night. The explosion ignited a fire, according to the Spearman, Texas Police Department.
The explosion caused a sonic boom that rattled windows in Spearman. Flames shot about 100 feet into the air. The fire burned for less than two hours after the initial explosion before it was brought under control.

The cause of the explosion is being investigated by DCP Energy, who is the owner and operator of the pipeline. According to Spearman Police Chief Lance Swan, DCP officials said they would wait until all residual gas had burned out of the line before going in to thoroughly investigate the cause.

Tuesday morning, small flames could still be seen burning deep in the hole that was caused by the explosion. Those flames were "pretty well" extinguished by about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Swan said.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Very Cool Safety Startups from CES 2017


Nimb - wearables personal safety notification ring startup for emergency notification.

Vaporsens at CES
Vaporsens sensors for tracking chemicals in the air.

 #ConTechTrio LIVE at #CES2017 with Eureka Park - The startups! https://t.co/oqV03ZGv8l

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What is Causing Earthquakes in Hawthorne Nevada?

Oil & Gas drilling data in this area is pretty hard to come by.  It is hard to understand what is going on in these satellite images and not sure how much oil and gas drilling is going on in the area.  According to this video there is oil and gas drilling is going on in the area. 

 One blogger claims there is a Naval Undersea Warfare Center Aqua Channels to Pacific Ocean Conspiracy Hawthorne, NV.   As you can see in another video that these are military bunkers.  




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