Thursday, September 12, 2013

"No blast or explosion is created by the hydraulic fracturing process"

I know the SGEIS seems to be dead right now.
According to Helen Slottje, the DEC missed mandatory deadlines under SAPA,
so the entire process must be restarted, with new public hearings.
But I just found something new which is seriously incorrect.

It's on page 359 from the Sept. 2011 rdSGEIS in the preamble to Chapter 5:

"No blast or explosion is created by the hydraulic fracturing process".

You can also read it here:

A horizontal well in the Marcellus Shale
Hydraulic fracturing consists of pumping a fluid and a propping material such as sand down the well under high pressure to create fractures in the gas-bearing rock. The propping material (usually referred to as a "proppant") holds the fractures open, allowing more gas to flow into the well than would naturally. No blast or explosion is created by the hydraulic fracturing process, which has been used in New York since at least the 1950s. Hydraulic fracturing technology is especially helpful for "tight" rocks like shale.

This is undeniably false. 
In fact, the "hydraulic fracturing process",
meaning the completion state of the well drilling
uses some of the highest explosives ever invented!!

Names like HMX, RDX, HNS, PETN, TATB, PBX, etc
These are capped with a shaped-charge containing Depleted Uranium.
With "blast pressures of 15 million pounds per square inch".

These are extremely dangerous:


There have been spectacular accidents which have critically injured workers:

You can find 844 patents for fracking perf guns which use these high explosives:

But let's remember that three consulting firms with close industry ties were paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to write these documents, so an industry slant is to be expected.

Still, how could they get the facts so wrong about the use of explosives?

Maybe they're trying to hide something?

May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

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