Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

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Proppant

Information about the nature of the propant used in hydraulic fracturing. Proppants are classified as sand, ceramic and resin coated sand. Resin coated sand is widely used to improve packing and holds the proppant to its place without flowing back to well-bore. Raw sand is the most widely used proppant product in the global market on account of its easy availability and low cost. Raw sand is used typically in most pressure conditions in a well-bore but it is difficult to use in well-bores with high closure pressures.

- 1157 - [January 23, 2015] - Bakken.com, Brendan Gibbons | The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa - "DEP starts setting up silica study in Tunkhannock"
"Near the site where trains hauling sand for the gas industry will transfer their loads to trucks, air quality specialists with the state Department of Environmental Protection set up a portable weather station Thursday.
...The facility planned by D&I Silica LLC has generated controversy in Tunkhannock. Opponents point to warnings by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration that breathing the sand in high-enough quantities for long-enough periods can cause health problems..."
- 1175 - [January 27, 2015] - Marcellus.com, Eric Lindquist | The Leader-Telegram - "Frac sand industry in region seemingly unaffected, for now, by falling fuel prices"
"The same falling gasoline prices that have consumers celebrating at the pump threaten to put a damper on the frac sand boom in west-central Wisconsin.
Suddenly, as the frac sand industry has exploded with dozens of mines being developed across west-central Wisconsin in the past five years and many more in the pipeline, the global price of oil has a bigger effect in the region than just on pump prices."
- 1208 - [NA] - about money, Wendy Lyons Sunshine - "What is Fracking Sand?"
"The term "fracking sand" refers to sand and similar small materials that serve as “proppants” -- which are blasted under pressure into a shale gas well along with large quantities of water and industrial fluids to stimulate gas production. Proppants are used to “prop” open the underground cracks from which natural gas is harvested during hydraulic fracturing."
- 1528 - [] - National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research & Education - University of Wisconsin–Madison, Maria V. Hart, Teresa Adams, and Andrew Schwartz - "Transportation Impacts of Frac Sand Mining in the MAFC Region: Chippewa County Case Study"
"The boom in oil and gas production using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) technology to extract oil and gas from shale has created thriving industries all along its supply chain. The increased production of the supplies needed for drilling—sand, water, chemicals, pipe, and rigs—all with different transportation characteristics, have also strained the transportation system at the source of production, processing, and distribution.
...Road damage over local roads is a concern for many communities. County governments have used a number of mechanisms to recover the costs of road damage both for drilling areas and sand mining areas."
- 1667 - [April 10, 2015] - drillinginfo, Eric Roach - "Proppant: The Greatest Oilfield Innovation of the 21st Century"
"I was perusing Murray Roth’s recent presentation “Unconventional Oil and Gas: Implications for Global Field Development” and it made a pretty bold statement that I figured was worthy of discussion all on its own.
What is the greatest driver of oilfield innovation and value in the 21st Century?
Sand."