In February I posted on oil fracking (fracturing) in North Dakota and the “boom town” atmosphere happening there. “Fracking” is a method of drilling “down” and then curving the pipe and drilling “over.” A procedure of small explosions occurs in the pipe that has traveled horizontally. Those explosions blow through the top and bottom of the pipe and “fractures” the shale in a “veiny” manner, which releases the oil or natural gas to flow back into the pipe and eventually be brought to the surface.
Liberals hate it. A couple of New York towns have banned it. North Dakota is booming and in February the state had the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. (3.8%). If you need a job, try the oil and gas fields in North Dakota.
The point of this post is to direct you to an excellent video that explains exactly how fracking works. View it at NorthernOil.com. The second point is to mention that the Obama administration is doing everything it can to claim millions of acres of oil and gas rich land resources for “Wild Lands,” rendering them energy-useless.
The New American published an exposé on Czarist regulations that rained-down upon us on the Tuesday before Christmas 2010, which they refer to as Tyranny Tuesday. The author Michael Coffman address the millions of acres of land the administration (and others before it) have taken possession of under the “Wild Lands” provision of the Department of the Interior. Under the heading Czar Salazar Locks Up Trillions of Barrels of Domestic Oil and Gas, Coffman says:
As I discuss in my book Rescuing a Broken America,9 there exists enough oil and gas in shale oil formations in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to completely supply all U.S. needs for several hundred years with current technology and oil prices. The BLM [Bureau of Land Management] estimates that “1.2-1.8 trillion barrels of oil is available in Wyoming’s Green River Formation alone. A moderate estimate of 800 billion barrels of oil that would be recoverable from oil shale in the Green River Formation is three times greater than the proven oil reserves of Saudi Arabia.”10 That is about a 100-year supply of oil at present U.S. consumption rates — just from Wyoming.
In spite of the fact that analysts unanimously celebrate this potential bonanza to America using environmentally-sensitive technology, progressives in Congress have systematically stalled on allowing its development. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 forever locked up much of this shale oil from being developed. The Heritage Foundation found that “331 million barrels of recoverable oil and 8.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas were taken out of exploration in Wyoming. The total amount of energy that would be restricted is equivalent to the amount of natural gas the entire U.S. produces in 15 years…. The law could not only restrict conventional energy resources, but it could also restrict access to oil shale in parts of Colorado and Utah as well.”11 The “Wild Lands” decree by Salazar could lock up even more, if not all, of this priceless resource.
And that does not include the Bakken or Three Forks/Sanish which is believed to lie just above the Bakken. A couple of good articles on the Bakken that are understandable can be found at The Oil Drum and Oil Shale Gas. My previous article on the effect of the new industry in North Dakota is here.
John Carey, a North Dakota resident, has a very informative post at his blog, Sentinel Journal. Note a study with the EPA giving an all clear on all levels for fracking in 2004 UNTIL Obama’s Democrat Congress launched another study in 2010. You know what that means. John says a North Dakota Congressman has introduced legislation to force the EPA to do nothing in the state on fracking without North Dakota’s permission.
These are serious issues and we have to find a way to treat the EPA like the vampires they are. Utah is making the effort.