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Shale gas deposits



June 30, 2011 – Comments (5)

There was an article this morning about the shale gas deposits where I currently live.  It is talking about the deposits in BC, but they also extend into the North West Territories where I currently live.

Jayhawk Resources is putting in a frack sand mine very close to where I live.  They are supposed to be starting work on 16 km of road to the site this summer and there is a 2 year construction plan.  I forget the name of the actual sand crystals they are looking for, but they are very strong and aren't crushed in the process.  The frack sand gets between the fractured shale and just holds those fractures open enough to allow the gas to escape.  They can't use any sand, but need sand with the crystals and I believe there is also a separation process to mine those crystals from the rock.

One of the things I have to say about teaching where I do is the integration of the school into real life is substantial.  We've had numerous businesses come to our school and do presentations on what they are doing in and around our community, and Jayhawk is one of the companies.  And the companies are also extremely open to me taking students to them for field trips, so my students have been through SpectraEnergy's plant just south of Ft Nelson, and they have been to gas wells and base camps.  I certainly never saw anything like this in the city.  Although I think students like wearing the hard hats and protective equipment more then learning about the businesses and what kinds of job opportunities they present...


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#1) On June 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM, tmathe85 (< 20) wrote:

I love the oil and natural gas industry. It is very exciting and provides a product that literally "fuels" western civilization

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#2) On June 30, 2011 at 12:16 PM, Frankydontfailme (29.49) wrote:

Hey dwot, do you have a strong opinion about the safety/ possibility of water contamination caused by fracing? I've heard contradictory reports and am curious to see how someone leaving near such a process feels.

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#3) On June 30, 2011 at 6:21 PM, dwot (29.27) wrote:


I asked specifically about that and what they told me is the gas is in the range of 5000 meters deep and the water resevoirs are way above that, like in the 1000 meter range, so other then the drill hole going through the water resevoir, there is pretty slim chance that gas is going to escape through 3-4 km of earth to get into the water resevoirs, and the same for the water used in the fracking.  

But it does seem to me that if you did have a problem that contaminated the water table it would be very bad... 

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#4) On July 03, 2011 at 4:13 PM, Frankydontfailme (29.49) wrote:

Yeah, that's what the companies keep on saying. yet benzene keeps showing up in drinking water...

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#5) On July 05, 2011 at 4:30 PM, tmathe85 (< 20) wrote:

micro darcy permeability

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