What natural gas development looks like: trucks conveying water, waste, or sand.
Rumble in Northern PA, part B
What happens when a (temporarily) unemployed biologist has gone too long without collecting data? If that biologist is me, she gets a bit obsessed with small things, namely the technical equipment used to map natural gas-containing shale. For the past few weeks, these orange units have dotted the neighborhoods near where I live, and for some reason I wanted to count them.
Seismic testing is underway in Wellsboro, PA. These units read the sound waves that are reflected off subsurface rock formations following release of ‘controlled acoustic energy’.
On the sources of frack water in Ohio and Pennsylvania
Today Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) posted a short piece about water woes in Ohio. The point of the piece was to poke holes in arguments made by Ohio environmental groups regarding water withdrawals for fracking, by highlighting that the amount of water used in fracking is “a thimble’s” worth compared to what is used for other uses such as thermoelectric power generation.
MDN talks about Pennsylvania, where water removals for drilling are a small proportion of total fresh water removals, despite the large number of wells. (I assume no relevant data are yet summarized in Ohio?) They then show a figure from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission to back this claim. (Note: The SRBC is a federal-interstate commission that manages water resources within the Susquehanna drainage basin, which is in southern NY State and central-east PA.)
Here is the figure MDN posted, which gives SRBC data on water withdrawal for different industries in the Susquehanna region: