30 Oct '11, 5pm

Climate Diaries: Texas Drillers Might Freeze Their Frackers Off In Winter.: US Dept Energy, EIA/Pu... (Treehugger)

Climate Diaries: Texas Drillers Might Freeze Their Frackers Off In Winter.: US Dept Energy, EIA/Pu... (Treehugger)

US Dept Energy, EIA /Public Domain Texas faces now not only extraordinary dryness and fire danger, climate change has introduced the risk of gas production wells freezing up. Per a USDOE report: "Much colder than normal weather in the Southwestern United States in early February 2011 curtailed over 7 Bcf/d of natural gas production due to well freeze-offs (see chart); this disruption rivaled losses from major summer storms." Imagine this on a much larger scale, in the rapidly-approaching era in which the nation will rely far more on natural gas produced from fracking wells in Pennsylvania or New York than gas wells in Texas or off the Gulf Coast. Billions of cubic feet per day is no trivial matter. Texans are likely to close the schools and stay home rather than risk driving in a half-inch of snow. Makes me wonder: Will those good old frackers working central PA be able to...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/climate-diaries-t...

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switchboard.nrdc.org 31 Oct '11, 6pm

This modern day omen worship of climate blame was a consultant's w*t-dream and turned well intentioned planet lovers into ...