A while back the EPA produced a draft report that said that fracking a well doesn’t pollute ground water. So the final report has come out and surprise, the wording has been changed to say that fracking could harm water supplies even in the absence of data. Here’s how the Wall St. Journal wrote about the report.
This is a long and detailed post from Trent Teleko on the oil business.
From the post.
The Nation has yet another attack on Exxon for “environmental crimes” due to the appearance of that fifty odd year old Humble Oil report. I’ve posted about this before. Here’s the Nation’s post.
On April 13, ExxonMobil filed suit to block a subpoena issued by the attorney general of the US Virgin Islands. Following revelations from the Los Angeles Times and InsideClimate News, the subpoena charged that the company may have violated the territory’s anti-racketeering law. It questioned whether Exxon told investors, including the territory’s pension fund, one thing about climate change (that it wasn’t a danger) while its own scientists were privately telling its management the opposite….
What’s more, by enabling increased global warming, Exxon’s alleged lying has damaged many people around the world. Crucially, the victims include investors and business owners. The poor suffer first and worst from climate change, but they rarely file—much less win—lawsuits against polluters. But when people of means are damaged, they don’t hesitate to sue for compensation…
Exxon’s exposure on this front is immense. If the allegations are true, the oil giant has in effect transferred massive amounts of risk and loss onto the rest of the market and virtually every business enterprise in it. By confusing the debate, Exxon helped delay government action against climate change. The company made buckets of money, but the resulting higher temperatures and extreme weather events have cost investors, governments, businesses, and ordinary people many billions, with much larger costs ahead. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has warned that as climate change intensifies, “parties who have suffered loss or damage [may] seek compensation from those they hold responsible….”
Nor is the right’s cheerleading without its complications for Exxon. The right conflates the First Amendment argument with its cuckoo belief that climate change is a hoax, but Exxon has a different goal: to protect its public image. Exxon needs to be perceived as a good corporate citizen, and in 2016 a good corporate citizen doesn’t deny climate change.
Note that last sentence. “in 2016 a good corporate citizen doesn’t deny climate change. As an engineer who’s worked on scientific instruments and somebody who’s been around science at all sort of level for a long time this is appalling on a bunch of levels. First, who are the Nation to decide what a good citizen is, corporate or otherwise. Second, in a free society, it isn’t the citizen’s role to affirm or deny anything. It’s the government that’s required to make it’s case. Which you don’t do with nuisance lawsuits and legal extortion threats. Third, when presenting science you need to base what you say based on what you know, not what you believe.
What do you do when a large number of the officials in charge of enforcing the law conspire to break the laws they are sworn to uphold.
Now I’m not an attorney, but Glenn Reynolds is and he’s completely clear that what the Attorney’s Generals, including my state’s Attorney General are doing is, in fact a crime.
On their side.
A long time ago, a good friend of mine tried to get me a job in Corpus Christi TX. It didn’t work out, but I got a good look at some of the largest structures ever built, the giant oil rigs for the Gulf and other locations. I found some old photos that I took a while back and them some Youtube videos.
The gigantic rigs are fabricated at Gulf Coast Marine.
And Keiwitt Offshore Fabricators.
Here’s a bunch of links and videos to put these amazing structures in perspective.
On an Infogram.
I’ve posted about how Drake drilled the first well and saved the whales.
This picture is the result of John D Rockefeller’s efforts to make lighting as cheap as possible by using as much of the various fractions of oild as a product as possible. Much of what we have as chemistry is the result.