Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oil: More than dead dinosaurs and prehistoric plants?

Stretch your imagination beyond its usual field of protection. Consider whether oil (crude, black gold, texas tea) might just be the "blood" of our Mother Earth. That the entire planet is a living breathing being (just as we have millions of microbes and parasites and other creatures that dwell within and upon US) which is capable of replenishing itself? THINK.

And what about the stuff we call "Natural Gas" - this vapor may well be another component of the being Earth. Nowadays, environmentalists and others are deeply concerned about horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, as well as the chemicals that are used to fracture rock in order to release the gas. (Not to mention the tremendous amounts of water required in the process).

Of great interest at this time is the Marcellus Shale, a black shale formation extending deep underground from Ohio and West Virginia northeast into Pennsylvania and southern New York. A technical paper from Penn State and SUNY-Fredonia, estimates original gas in place at 168-516 Tcf and recoverable reserves of as much as 50 Tcf.

Back in the 1970s scientists were deeply concerned about global cooling. Now, it's global warming... or is it? We just experienced one of the rainiest, coolest, lousiest summers on record here in New York state. Everything that we had expected has not come to pass. I would have loved basking in endless summer days of 90+ degree temperatures, but most of the time I was wearing a sweater and toting an umbrella.

Could "bleeding" oil and "venting" gas from the planet be contributing to "Global Warming" and could scientists be missing the mark - that we may in fact be heading for "Global Cooling" in the form of another "Ice Age" - and if we are - how much of mankind will be able to survive?

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