Letter: Follow the path to oil independence

Full story: Chico Enterprise-Record

The environmentalists are ruining our country instead of saving it. While hoping to save our earth, animals and fish, they are destroying humanity.
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dick

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i can answer that...its been public since Eisenhower...its wall street-washington DC-industrial- private contractors-military-401k complex

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Great letter Mr. Johnson.
gwg

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refer to this article below to remove the skew,bias and over-simplicity of the above article

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/3868#comments_...

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The left wishes we had run out of oil yesterday.

The truth is that we have enough fossil fuel in the United States - oil, natural gas, and even coal to oil conversion to last practically forever.

And that is a fact.
Tried Common Sense

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The left wishes their children didn't have to die for oil.
And that is a fact.

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Tried Common Sense wrote:
The left wishes their children didn't have to die for oil.
And that is a fact.
Hey Eistein,

I said "in the United States".

We import oil because we are not allowed to use our own.
GRANDPA NICOLAI

Chico, CA

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They have been extracting oil from the Willston Basin since the 1920's and the Bakken Formation has been producing oil for the last 60 years.

Most of the easy oil has been recovered, what is left is mostly shale oil which at todays prices is not economically recoverable.

The oil companies would not be drilling in the ocean if easy oil were to be had in the Willston basin.
Tried Common Sense

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Buster202 wrote:
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Hey Eistein,
I said "in the United States".
We import oil because we are not allowed to use our own.
Hey Whatever TF you are, didja notice i used the past tense?
Fact Check

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The North American Bakken oil field has received a fair degree of news coverage recently amid claims of up to 500 billion barrels of crude oil under the ground. If this were true this would make it the single largest oil deposit in the world. Where does the Bakken field stand in relation to these claims?

The oil field was discovered over 50 years ago and is located across the border of North Dakota and Montana. The area has been extensively studied. The area is rich in oil shale, a rock formation typically associated with oil deposits. The oil in this formation is thinly spread through the rocks, which is called a continuous oil accumulation. This is opposed to discreet oil deposits where the oil is pooled into one area.

The spread out nature of the oil in this formation makes recovering it an expensive task. Those areas where there is some pooling of oil have already been drilled and developed and to date 105 million barrels of oil have come from the site. A recent report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has predicted that a maximum of 4.3 billion barrels of oil can be extracted from the area using conventional technology. Possible technology developments such as horizontal drilling may increase this somewhat. The figure for the amount of recoverable oil in the Bakken formation contrasts sharply with the amount predicted to be present. In 1999 the USGS estimated the total volume of oil in the formation to be in the range of 413 billion barrels.

What then can we make of the claims that this oil field is the solution to America's oil problems, and that development of this field will hail the return of cheap gasoline in the US?

The 4.3 billion barrels of oil available in this area must be seen in context. The United States presently uses somewhere in the vicinity of 7 billion barrels of oil each year, meaning that all the oil readily able to be extracted from this formation would last the US less than eight months. This is in contrast to Saudi oil production which is over 8 billion barrels a year and will continue to be so for some time.

The remainder of the oil in the formation cannot be accessed without great effort and expense. Due to this it is highly unlikely that the field will be developed in a major way until oil prices are so high and demand is so great that there is no alternative.

Clearly the Bakken oil field does not qualify as "the next oil boom".

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The Green River Shale deposit in Colorado does have an estimated 1.8 trillion barrels.

We can also convert a significant portion of our autofleet to natural gas.

The Bakkan deposit the letter writer refers to is suppose to have almost 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas according to the USGS.
GRANDPA NICOLAI

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Buster202 wrote:
The Green River Shale deposit in Colorado does have an estimated 1.8 trillion barrels.
We can also convert a significant portion of our autofleet to natural gas.
The Bakkan deposit the letter writer refers to is suppose to have almost 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas according to the USGS.
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Capitalism 101.

Problem is, it takes a lot of energy and effort to separate the oil from the shale, otherwise the oil companies would be tripping over each other to get to that oil.
Try Common Sense

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Nickolie you are a LIAR and a COWARD, why would anyone believe your BS?
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Dizzy

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Buster202 wrote:
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Hey Eistein,
I said "in the United States".
We import oil because we are not allowed to use our own.
We import Oil because we'll use our own when they run out.

Nitwit.

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Dizzy wrote:
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We import Oil because we'll use our own when they run out.
Nitwit.
Every time we mention converting part of our autofleet to natural gas the middle east wets its pants.
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Buster202 wrote:
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Every time we mention converting part of our autofleet to natural gas the middle east wets its pants.
I can't believe it. You finally said something intellegent.
Dizzy

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Buster202 wrote:
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Every time we mention converting part of our autofleet to natural gas the middle east wets its pants.
We import a lot of natural gas too. Most of it is from Canada.

Problem is Natural gas extraction is a little messy, especially when the hydraulic fracture method is used... nobody likes the tap on their kitchen sink to have flammable gas, or their streams for that matter. Also the residents around the frac rigs would really like to, ya know, smell stuff again.

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Dizzy wrote:
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We import a lot of natural gas too. Most of it is from Canada.
Problem is Natural gas extraction is a little messy, especially when the hydraulic fracture method is used... nobody likes the tap on their kitchen sink to have flammable gas, or their streams for that matter. Also the residents around the frac rigs would really like to, ya know, smell stuff again.
Get real.

They extract natural gas out in western Glenn county.

Go for a drive.
Dizzy

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Buster202 wrote:
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Get real.
They extract natural gas out in western Glenn county.
Go for a drive.
Drive by that station adjacent to I-5 on at least a monthly basis, The Merlin 3-D project in Glenn is on one of my routes, as are the rigs in Kern county and surrounding areas. I've also recently been in Wyoming, where the Fracture method is used (on public lands) and the air was thick with organics.
GRANDPA NICOLAI

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Buster202 wrote:
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Get real.
They extract natural gas out in western Glenn county.
Go for a drive.
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Get informed, watch Gas Land on HBO.

The government just shut down Cabot Oil & Gas in Pennsylvania, Cabot was polluting drinking water with drilling fluids and natural gas and causing water well explosions.

They also got charged with damping dangerous drilling fluids into creeks & stuff instead of disposing of them properly.
Try Common Sense

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Only a KKK member would believe the likes of a gasbag like you Nickolie.
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He's just a shill for the hate America crowd.

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