(Note the amount of noise and banging around. This is hard, dangerous and fast-paced work. Can you hear the engines revving? This rig appears to have some sort of wall behind the roughnecks. Maybe that cuts down on some of the sound.)
Drill Bit Animation:
(Here's how a drill bit works. It's lubricated and cooled by mud pumped down the drill pipe.)
"Tripping" is where workers pull out 90 foot sections of pipe. They do this to change the drill bit when it wears out.
A small rig in action:
(Again, note the noise)
Once the well is drilled and perforated, they fracture the rock by pumping a mixture of water (note all the water trucks and tanks), sand, and solvents like toluene or benzene and other proprietary chemicals. The containment ponds shown are illegal in Lewisville by city ordinance, so more tanks would be necessary to hold the water. In Lewisville, it would be required to do this during the daytime.
Here are a bunch of diesel engines running the pumps during an active fracture. Note that some of these engines are not well tuned and are smoking heavily. Each well in the Barnett shale may need to be fractured multiple times. Each main bore may have up to 8 horizontal wells coming off of it, so you could in theory have some 24 fracturing operations per hole.
Animation of underground
Here's one where the fracture flowback is coming up.
Completed natural gas well:
(It's a little messy. I think they're wrapping it up)
(This is in New York in the Marcellus shale. Note the wide swath of forest that had to be cleared in a straight line.)
Here's a 36" pipeline being lowered.
Some neighborhoods in Fort Worth are getting some through front yards.
What could possibly go wrong?
Drill floor explosion (forgetting to turn off mud pump)
Truck full of drill pipe:
(This one was fatal)
Injection Well Pollution:
(Injection wells are illegal in Lewisville, so they'll either have to filter the produced water, or haul it by truck to another city)
Deadly Poisonous Gas:
(This was in Daisetta, TX. Their geology is different than ours. They sit on top of a salt dome.
The site may look familiar because it's run with the same software (albeit a newer version) than this site.
Here are some of the features: - News items - Customized notifications of changes - Comments - Document download center - FAQ center with the ability for users to submit their own questions - Links - Multiple administrators - RSS feeds
Please pass around the address and share it with everyone in the neighborhood.
This morning, I watched an interview on CNN with Joe Biden. The interviewer said something to the effect that Democrats want to redistribute wealth through tax policy. Biden missed a hell of an opportunity there to shut down one of the stupidest memes I've ever heard.
To say that Democrats want to redistribute the wealth from the wealthy to the poor is not just the biggest load of bullshit, but it's one of the few things I would label as a "dangerous" idea.
The fact is, that under Republican administrations, and the piss-poor job Republicans have done with governing, we have already had redistribution of wealth. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that we've had a re-institution of slavery via indentured servitude.
Through Republicans' corporate-sponsored tax legislation, you have folks who don't work for a living paying a much lower tax rate than you do. You have large corporations sucking on the government's no-bid contract teat for contract after contract. You have government bought and paid for by corporate lobbyists.
Still don't believe me?
Ask your electric company. You've redistributed your wealth to them, thanks to Republican deregulation.
Ask your mortgage company. Thanks to Republican regulators asleep at the wheel, they raked it in with bait-and-switch and predatory lending tactics, lending on liar loans, and qualifying lenders on teaser rates. Thanks to Republican borrow-and-blow fiscal policy, rates went up, the housing market went down, and you and I just bought Fannie and Freddie back - completing the cycle of privatized profits and socialized risk.
Ask the petroleum companies. I don't even have to tell you that you've redistributed your wealth to them. You can thank Republican-instituted instability in the Middle East for that. You're about to redistribute even more of your wealth to them when your government lets them drill in our territory without paying full market lease rates and royalties. They want a subsidy from you and me, so they can keep selling oil into the world market at market rates. Drill, baby, drill - indeed.
Ask the foreign companies that your state is trying to sell all of your highways to. Every time you pay toll, you're redistributing your wealth to them.
Ask your cell phone company. Thanks to Republican lack of regulation, they provide shitty service at top rates. They rip you off, and you can't take them to court. You switch providers, and they'll hit you with an "early termination fee".
Ask big agribusiness. Now you get to pay them when you fill up at the pump. Your tax dollars pay them again through ethanol subsidies. Your wealth is transferred yet again when you pay twice what you did just a couple of years ago for your pesticide-laden, or hormone-pumped food.
Ask your employer, who by-and-large has not raised your pay enough to keep up with inflation.
Ask big pharma, to whom you have transferred more of your wealth in double-digit drug price inflation each year.
Ask the health insurers, if you're lucky enough to be able to dump $1200 a month of your income to them for family coverage. You've been transferring your wealth to them more and more.
Folks, I've said this before, and I'll say it again. If you earn less than $250,000 a year, you can't afford a down payment on that line of Republican bullshit. You can't afford to put that bullshit on layaway.
Redistribution of wealth is what the Republican party is all about. Redistribution of your wealth to those who already have wealth.
The first two steps to fixing any problem? 1. Realize there is a problem. John McCain has shown with his "fundamentals are strong" comment, that he is just out of touch. 2. Stop contributing to the problem. Elect Democrats to restore a fair and progressive tax code, and enact legislation that rewards the American worker who works hard and does the right thing.
When the economy and tax policy reward hard work and innovation, we will have less economic disparity.
The next time you hear somebody repeating that tired old Republican bullshit talking point about "redistribution of wealth", I hope you'll remind them just where that redistribution has gone.
I'll leave you with this chart of income distributions in the U.S. from 1979 to 2006:
- No food. There is only one grocery store open nearby (if you can get to it) and the lines stretches for blocks. My dad says it is so jam-packed that there are hundreds of people waiting to check out. And they are so full that they can only let someone in as someone else goes out- 2 people out, 2 people in (like they do in a nightclub if they are over capacity).
THEN AND ONLY THEN can you gather what little is left on the shelves. In Houston most homes have electric stovetops so the only way to cook is if you have a gas grill. Hotdogs and anything you can put on a grill are long gone. Bread is gone. All the staples are gone. They are grabbing anything they can and being creative about how to cook it. - They have a 6 pm curfew to try to deter looters. - Schools are closed all week and most likely next week too. My sister in law is a teacher and was told to call in this weekend to see if school will be open next week.
Again, this is highly unusual. I remember when I was a kid we had some bad hurricanes come and we were lucky to get one or two days off of school. We loved it as kids because you don't get snow days in Houston so those were our only chances of getting off of school. The schools are usually the first things up, so this is not a good sign! A couple weeks off of school? Let's face it- Houston is a mess!
Hello Everyone, We had some problems with Prince Bistro and are no longer meeting there. They were unwilling to post our DL sign because the manager said that "families may get the wrong idea". Our new location is La Sierra Mexican Grill 2221 Cross Timbers Rd Flower Mound, TX 75028 Phone: (214) 513-8718 Fax: (214) 513- 8728 They have happy hour all day on Thursday. $1.00 drafts and $1.00 off other drinks.
This is for our Lewisville folks as well as anyone who lives outside of the coastal areas of Texas where Ike will hit, but inside the path it will take after it passes over houston:
Remember to secure your property outside. We're looking at wind gusts up to 55 MPH Saturday. Things like patio furniture and trash cans can become projectiles and cause property damage in strong winds. Trash that may be in your trash cans behind your house can blow off and end up in our creeks, streams, and trees. It's much easier to secure it now than to clean it up next Spring.
So, before it gets too dark, go out and look around for things that could blow off and cause damage:
- Patio Furniture and umbrellas. Turn chairs upside down, remove cushions, bring umbrellas inside. - Trash Cans. - Bring them inside the garage, or put them behind a fence. If you have to leave them outside with trash, cover them up and put a bungee cord or a brick over them. - Lawn Ornaments - Flag poles - Toys - Bicycles - Plants - Newspapers or phonebooks that may be sitting on your porch - any other litter.
Hopefully we won't have much weather to deal with up here, but if we do, lets be prepared. Check your flashlight batteries, radios, etc. Make sure you have some drinking water. Make some ice.
If anyone has any other ideas for how to get prepared, please post them. The more the better...
Most of my neighbors in the Valley Vista subdivision got offers from Cherokee Horn today. My neighbors on my street, next door, and all through the neighborhood got them, and I've been hearing all evening from them that they consider it a joke.
I don't think we'll see a whole lot of folks signing from the neighborhoods we got to first.
1. The gas is more thermally mature, the closer you get to the Ouachita Thrust, because that is where the Earth's heat was channeled up to the shale to bake it. Thermal maturity means a lower BTU content in the gas:
Sections of the Barnett bordering the Ouachita front (regardless of depth) have the highest thermal maturity and, hence, the lowest BTU-content of produced gas. The region of the Barnett away from the Ouachitas and areas shielded from the Ouachita front (i.e., the area adjacent to the Muenster arch [which happens to be the deepest part of the basin]) are thermally less mature.
2. Drilling near a fault, though it may work for better production in other plays, is a bad idea in the Barnett:
...in the Barnett play extensive macroscopic natural fracturing (e.g., near fault zones) hinders gas production because the fractures that are present are filled with carbonate cement. This cement also appears to have at least partially occluded the matrix porosity around the fault zones. Wells drilled on or near structural highs also perform poorly. The best place to drill a Barnett well is where there are no structural flexures or faulting of any kind.
Of course, what we don't know right now is exactly how far from a fault such as the one that formed the Muenster Arch has to be away from the area before the recovery is not affected.
Take a look at the map to the left. (Click to Enlarge)
I used Google Maps to create a map of the three nearest drill sites with production data.
Our neighborhood drill sites (proposed) are shown with yellow pins in the center. To the North, two Carrizzo wells in Hickory Creek. Both wells are not good producing wells. The one on the west produced twice as much, initially as the one to the east, but the best production it ever had was .385 MMCF / day - about $!04,000 per month, if it held steady, which it did not. Could this well have located the boundary of the Muenster Arch?
To our South, the wells at DFW North: A 4HL High: 52,976 MCF 11/2007 Last: 13,719 MCF 06/2008. - About 1.8 MMCF / day or $477,000 / month.
The Sam Wilson units to the West of us produce greater than 2 MMCF per day.
In economics, there is a principle called market efficiency which is generally used to describe a playing field where all the participants know the value of a thing. With market efficiency, players can buy or sell, relatively secure that both benefit from the transaction. The seller knows he's getting what his goods are worth, and the buyer knows she's not over-paying. Most of us don't think much about market efficiency unless we play in the stock market.
But when there is a lack of efficiency in a market, that is when fortunes are made or lost. It is in these situations that the one who owns the information runs the table.
Inherent in the market price of any good, service, or financial instrument is a portion of the price directly tied to risk. When you buy insurance on your car, you're paying mostly for risk. When you buy electronics at a pawn shop, you're receiving a risk discount because you are paying less than market price in exchange for the risk that you're buying some unwarranted piece of crap.