Fracking Butter and the EPA’s Fracking Report

The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report yesterday on fracking in Pavillion, Wyoming. To educate myself on the process, I googled fracking, an innovative way of drilling for oil:

The practice called hydraulic fracturing is aimed at improving the productivity of oil and gas wells. It involves pumping pressurized water, sand and chemicals underground to open fissures and improve the flow of oil or gas to the surface.

Guess what else popped? Try this:

Believe it or not, Norway is out of butter. Like seriously. According to Reuters, they’ve got none. Zero. Zilch. Null. Hilariously, it’s all because of a fad diet that demands people to eat more fat. You can’t make this stuff up!

I mean, I don’t think I ever been to a restaurant that’s been out of butter. How does a fracking ENTIRE COUNTRY manage to spread through its stash? Your country is an inspiration to ours.

As with all things wily, I stopped and read about the ridiculousness of Norway running low on their butter supply. This is serious and not a joke. Butter is selling for four times the usual price, per the article. $13 for 250 grams of the yellowy goodness. Wow-zah.

Anybody got a refrigerated boat? We can fill it with golden bars, sort of like a floating Fort Knox. Wait! What is the USS Ronald Reagan doing right now? Does she have time for a humanitarian mission?

Okay, enough on the buttah. Back to fracking. The process is in the news because, as stated earlier, the EPA just released a draft of their upcoming report. On fracking butter. Just fracking. Not on butter:

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency draft finding that it may have detected groundwater pollution resulting from a controversial technique that plays a huge role in modern oil and gas development isn’t settled science yet.

Nor is it settled politics, especially where hydraulic fracturing has been opening up vast new oil and gas reserves and creating economic opportunities that might not otherwise exist.

And so the debate over fracking is likely to continue.

The Environmental Protection Agency Releases Report on Wyoming

The Freepers (Free Republic) are all over the EPA’s recently released report. As is the energy business:

The agency also stressed that the findings are unique to Pavillion, where fracturing has taken place both in and below the drinking water aquifer and very close to drinking water wells — conditions that are not common elsewhere in the U.S. The region has been home to oil and gas drilling since the 1950s, and some of the 169 gas production wells in the area were fractured at points just 1,220 feet below the ground.

By contrast, in South Texas, energy companies are extracting natural gas from the Eagle Ford shale formation at depths ranging from 4,000 to 14,000 feet below the surface.

Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Elizabeth Ames Jones noted that “the geology of Texas is different.”

“Hydraulic fracturing does not go on close to the surface here and it would be impossible to migrate up from miles below the earth to a water table,” she said. Already “stringent rules on well construction” in Texas ensure “there is no reason to apply this EPA finding” in the Lone Star State, Jones added.

How to Frack, by Frick and Frack

Some mention that fracking is a possible cause of earthquakes. Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that required oil frackers to disclose the chemicals used. And other states, such as the now-fallow Marcellus Shale fields in Pennsylvania, drilled by Encana, have to be taking note of this news.

As for me? I am not sure. I tend to be skeptical of environmental nuts. I’ve read of the political axe that the EPA grinds. But I am also a conservationist. And I want to see us use our natural resources wisely. What I do know: all this talk of butter has given me a hankering for some buttery toasty magic.

For those keeping track, this is indeed my second post in two days on butter. I am quickly becoming a butter blogger. I’ve been accused of worse. . .