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May 06, 2010 – Comments (6)

Just reading up here, we have an estimated 3000 billion cubic feet of natural gas here.  Going to visit an oil rig on Monday I think.

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#1) On May 06, 2010 at 11:36 AM, EnigmaDude (51.42) wrote:

Hmm, 3000 billion sounds like 3 trillion.  Did you say you were a math teacher?  Anyway - that's a lot of gas..

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#2) On May 06, 2010 at 11:39 AM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Write up your observations after visiting the rig!

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#3) On May 06, 2010 at 11:49 AM, lemoneater (57.21) wrote:

@ #1  3000 billion, 3 trillion--same difference. Probably Canadian vs. U.S. mathmatical description. I feel boggled either way!

Wish I could go on the field trip with you. Let us know how it goes.

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#4) On May 06, 2010 at 1:10 PM, Option1307 (30.45) wrote:

I second #2.

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#5) On May 06, 2010 at 1:20 PM, ChrisGraley (28.61) wrote:

Don't forget that those are Canadian Cubic feet Enigma.

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#6) On May 06, 2010 at 5:51 PM, dwot (29.47) wrote:

Lol, I was copying directly from what I was reading on the units.  I guess when the communities of comparison have 1 or 2 orders of magnitude less the units being used are what makes sense for all the data.

And with that, the field trip has been postponed yet again.  It was supposed to be in March, then earlier this week but the little blizzard we had on the weekend made the roads too soft and then they were trying for Monday, but there aren't any flights here on Sunday and they are flying someone in for it.  So, now we are looking at June.

When I took my students to Spectra Energy last year it was the same deal, rescheduling a few times.  An interesting fact about Spectra Energy, Bush used to have part ownership.  Apparently we had US military helicopters here after 9-11.

Also interesting about Spectra is that I believe it provides enough gas for a large city.  The workers joked when we were there that they could affect the price of gas by simply hitting a red button on the wall (shutting down the operation.)  

We've had a ton of gas pipeline contruction around here because of Spectra.  They have been increasing the pipeline to carry something like 5 times as much gas as the original pipeline was designed to carry.

Get this, with all that natural gas around here, we get propane trucked in.  Obviously the gas is unprocessed here.  One thing that I learned at Spectra is about 5% of the natural gas resource is used to purify the natural gas.  That makes Spectra have the greatest amount of pollution out of any industrial site in North America.  Because it is natural gas the pollution is mostly carbon dioxide.

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