Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christy Clark's Fracking Pipe Dream: The "Wizards of Ozone"

It would be so easy to compare Premier Christy Clark to an ostrich, running for cover from her political "predators", hiding her head in the sand..........,  and leaving all else exposed to the environment, that's unfair, the head in the sand part, it's all a Myth.

The real reason WHY an ostrich puts her head in the sand.... is because she's a natural born  "resource miner" looking for sand and pebbles for her nest ..........whereas Christy is feathering her political nest by rooting about for Royalties, Votes and Victory.

Clark keeps comparing British Columbia's future petroleum fortunes to that of Alberta's black gold.

She also compares British Columbia to Australia which is years ahead of British Columbia and it's over abundance of LNG.

One of Clark's Fracking LNG supporters, from the pristine protected environment of Whistler, presents his own comparisons by listing off  countries development of LNG, but he sees BC as having an advantage over all others   ..........."exactly in the same league, and we have the advantage that we don't carry the environmental burden." - CDS Research Ltd.

No environmental burden, eh?
In a year-end interview with The Canadian Press, Clark said B.C.'s LNG development ambitions will transform the economy, but the province must act quickly before the opportunity evaporates like gas into the atmosphere.

Clark, who has spent the last year describing her "bold" and "audacious" plan to turn B.C. into Canada's job-creation engine, said British Columbians will still be cashing in on the benefits of LNG exports 50 years from now.

"Think about it in these terms: what oil has been to Alberta since the 1970s-80s is what LNG is going to be for British Columbia, nothing less than that," said Clark.
"Energy output from LNG will likely be as big as the total energy output today from the oilsands," she said.  

International LNG development expert Zoher Meratla, whose Whistler company, CDS Research Ltd., has been in the LNG industry for 35 years, said Clark is not off base when she puts B.C.'s LNG opportunities on the same scale as Alberta's oilsands.

"Economically, it's similar to the oilsands," said Meratla, who has worked on LNG projects in Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Norway. "It's exactly in the same league, and we have the advantage that we don't carry the environmental burden."  -  Vancouver Sun - December 14, 2012


Finally Christy Clark says something that DOES make sense.... it's the bit about: evaporates like gas into the atmosphere.  The Premier is talking about the "Opportunity" evaporating if the sales of Liquid Natural Gas to China, and other points East.  The fact is, Natural Gas, not the Liquid version, IS leaking and venting into the atmosphere at the Drill hole, and what is even more disturbing is the Methane that is part and parcel with natural Gas.... along with other gases that are far more detrimental to our well being.

Have we given up on hearing about the depletion of the Ozone Layer?  Do we think that we've got that one solved because of the bans that have been implemented via the ... Montreal Protocol...."

In the Raw, straight out of the Well :
 "Natural gas is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of Methane, with other hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen sulfide."
 Has good old Christy opened her mouth before engaging her brain, again?

The image of the Premier's words...."gas into the atmosphere", reminded us of ..... the BC Government website covering  "ozone-depleting substances" (ODS).

Using these keywords in Google.... climate change facts 2012 Liquid Natural Gas Ozone layer hydrocarbons  we came up with quite a few results, like this link to a well written document:

".....  leaking and venting of natural gas is a serious negative environmental consequence of natural gas production and transportation" Page 43 of 56 

From the same Google search:

"Bombshell Study" finds:
Methane is 25 times  more efficient than CO2 trapping heat over 100 year — but it is 100 times more efficient than CO2 trapping heat over two decades.

“If we want natural gas to be the cleanest fossil fuel source, methane emissions have to be reduced,” says Gabrielle Pétron, an atmospheric scientist at NOAA and at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and first author on the study, currently in press at the Journal of Geophysical Research. Emissions will vary depending on the site, but Pétron sees no reason to think that this particular basin is unique. “I think we seriously need to look at natural-gas operations on the national scale.”
Natural gas can be "associated" (found in oil fields), or "non-associated" (isolated in natural gas fields), and is also found in coal beds (as coalbed methane). It sometimes contains a significant amount of ethane, propane, butane, and pentane—heavier hydrocarbons removed for commercial use prior to the methane being sold as a consumer fuel or chemical plant feedstock. Non-hydrocarbons such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium (rarely), and hydrogen sulfide must also be removed before the natural gas can be transported.


You may have missed our March 1, 2012 Post here at the BBC, having to do with Tanker traffic off our coast, but we also included links to one our "competitor" nations ......that the Premier often refers to......... Fracking in Australia, and in light of Clark's promise to turn  British Columbia into an oasis of economic development, we need to restate the damage to OUR environment, which would be a burden to our Province, forever.

It's difficult enough to imagine the environment of Australia, let alone Northern British Columbia's LNG resources, and the ensuing destruction by using chemicals and water for extraction for both countries.  What we need, is to latch onto something that is closer to home.

Theoretically, let's use Metro Vancouver as a"Fracking" focal point to better understand the problems associated with EXTRACTION.  The data that generated the image below came from an Australian Report for  Hutton Sandstone.   The map, scaled off, makes the distance of 160 km from one side of the circle to the other.

To put that in perspective, locally, but not in Christy Clark's riding, if Clark were to drill a well hole atop of Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver..... Little Mountain....... 80 kilometers away would extend the saturation of contaminated water, and chemicals to well BEYOND Bellingham in the State of Washington!  ..... and of course that would mean in EVERY direction from the well hole.

Here's Australia:

160 km high and wide

The estimated hydraulic impact zones for the injection trials into the Hutton Sandstone are shown on Figure 7. The best estimate for the hydraulic impact zone of a likely trial scenario (60 days continuous injection) is a hydraulic influence of approximately 9km from the injection bore. Should injection continue at the maximum rate for 365 days, the worst case scenario for the hydraulic impact zone is estimated to be approximately 46km from the injection bore.  - Page 28 of 42

Here's Metro Vancouver:

All you have to realize here is that there isn't going to be just ONE well hole.

What the Public has been witnessing on the topic Liquid Gas and OilSands, are the "Wizards of Ozone" working their advertizing magic, using smoke and mirrors.