Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix
I love anti-frackers. Especially when they shoot off their yaps about using geo-thermal power.
Funfact: The first earthquake known to be caused by fracking was a geo-thermal proof of concept facility in Switzerland that was never completed.
As in Hawaii size (volcano victim) or using it 'off-grid' to lower heating/cooling demands?
ND has a problem with gas coming out of their taps before water does. The solution to carbonated water id to have a small tank as the high-point in the system and the gas can be vented or used as a fuel if it is flammable. Lots of flare stacks burning the gas off is better than letting it escape as a raw product. Elk and Buffalo in Yellowstone would be gas as would fish kills in the ocean as 'gas from black smokers' comes up in other places. I don't know of that has been put forward as a possible cause for flocks of birds dying while in flight, or passing out and crashing and that kills them.
Oil wells run at high pressure, a fracked coal seam needs a vacuum to be applied or it makes its own path to the surface. A shut fracked well would act like the blowout in the GOM, the gas came up on the outside of the BOP when that id the 'fail-safe device'.
A 'quake' caused by a shut down well would be rock breaking to create a fig void or it is making an existing one bigger, the ground should lift and rivers will seem to dry up. In wells that are under vacuum the existing voids will collapse and the ground will sink . The line from the GOM through the Great Lakes is already prone as that is the line where the outflows from the Pacific Rift and the Atlantic Rifts meet and the trend is to suck the crust down rather than anything get elevated through that process.