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.

Garrett County Montage


On this website you will find a number of videos that explain some aspect of the natural gas development process. You're strongly encouraged to view them. They help immensely in explained what things are all about and how things function.

- 1027 - [July 20, 201] - NA, NA - "Shale Gas- Hydraulic Fracturing"
"This video explains, at a top level,the whole process of gas development using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking."
- 1028 - [November 20, 2011] - NA, NA - "Shale Oil - The Rush for Black Gold"
"One of America's biggest energy challenges is foreign oil dependency. Until recently, the U.S. imported about half the oil it uses, putting the nation's energy security at risk and costing hundreds of billions of dollars per year. New drilling innovations are now unlocking vast new reserves of oils and gas and boosting local economies. But is the new drilling also forcing a tough choice between oil and water in drought-stricken Texas? This video explores the latest U.S. oil boom, a well balanced approach."
- 1091 - [October 23, 2014] - RT Question More., RT Question More. - "Massive gas pipeline inferno shakes German town (VIDEOS)"
"A gas pipeline blast in Germany has killed one person and injured 11 others. The conflagration resulted in 200-meter tall flames that were captured from all angles by local residents who were lucky enough to escape the inferno.
...At least 25 buildings were also damaged in the blast. The fire left a crater 10 meters in diameter and 5 to 6 meters deep."
- 1167 - [January 26, 2015] -, - "UPDATE: Fire Under Control at Gas Line Explosion Site; Crews on Stand-by"
"Firefighters and emergency responders were placed on stand-by as they wait for a fire caused by a gas pipeline explosion to burn out in Brooke County.
The gas pipeline, owned by The Enterprise Products, L.P. based in Houston, TX, erupted about 10:30 a.m. sending flames hundreds of feet into the air.
Follansbee Fire Chief Larry Rea said the fire is contained, but all crews can do is standby until the fire burns itself out. Rea said they did manage to shut off three valves to the pipeline."
- 1256 - [Januaray 27, 2015] - msnbc, THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW - "Another day, another pipeline explosion"
"Rachel Maddow reports on a natural gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia that exploded in a huge fireball, the fifth pipeline accident in the U.S. so far this month. Duration: 3:36"
- 1294 - [NA] - LOGA - Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, LOGA - Louisiana Oil & Gas Association - "Horizontal Drilling & Hydraulic Fracturing Animation"
"Horizontal drilling is the process of drilling a well from the surface to a subsurface location just above the target oil or gas reservoir called the "kickoff point", then deviating the well bore from the vertical plane around a curve to intersect the reservoir at the "entry point" with a near-horizontal inclination, and remaining within the reservoir until the desired bottom hole location is reached."
- 1318 - [February 9, 2015] - wwYPR, Midday With Dan Rodricks - "Fracking in Maryland"
"Late last year, the O'Malley administration officials released draft regulations for hydraulic fracturing, concluding that, with proper regulation, fracking for natural gas in Western Maryland could be done safely. But are the risks worth the rewards? Our guests: Paul Roberts, citizen member of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission; Terry Engelder, professor of geosciences at Penn State; Robert Oswald, professor of molecular medicine at Cornell and co-author of “The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom is Threatening Our Families, Pets and Food.”"
- 1326 - [January 2015] - The Allegheny Front, The Allegheny Front - "Why is Fracking Wastewater Radioactive?"
"An explainer about why the water used in fracking oil and natural gas from the ground is radioactive. And just where does that dirty, salty waste water go? It's fracking amazing."
- 1370 - [NA] - IFP Energie Novelles, IFP Energie Novelles - "NA"
"An animation of the whole gas development process."
- 1481 - [March 12, 2015] -, Canada Newswire - "The Modern Practices of Hydraulic Fracturing: A Focus on Canadian Resources"
"A collection of videos about gas development, mostly gas development industry sponsored. Look on the right hand side for a list and duration of the various videos that can be selected. There are some very instructive videos."
- 1543 - [October 28, 2009] -, Abrahm Lustgarten and Krista Kjellman Schmid - "A Reporter’s Journey Through the Gas Fields"
"In August, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten trekked out across Colorado and Wyoming to report on and photograph the wave of natural gas drilling sweeping across the western states of the U.S. Watch the story playing out in the Pinedale Anticline, in Sublette County, Wyo."
- 1592 - [NA] - vimeo, Stephen Cleghorn - "Stephen Cleghorn - Jefferson County, Pennsylvania"
"Stephen Cleghorn decribing his plight as an organic farmer."
- 1597 - [March 27, 2015] - YouTube, NA - "Dr. Ingraffea Facts on Fracking"
"Cornell University professor Anthony Ingraffea spoke at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania late in 2010.
Ingraffea speaks from the viewpoint of scientific, technological and engineering fact.
This is an excellent overview of the drilling and fracking process from a very well respected professional in the educational field.
This lecture on unconventional natural gas drilling was hosted by The Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition."
- 1647 - [June 27, 2014] -, Kim Passoth - "Debate continues over cause of Oklahoma quakes"
"What’s causing Oklahoma’s constant quakes? An oil and gas industry geologist made the case Wednesday Mother Nature is to blame, but a national expert tells KOCO otherwise.
“I’d like to have answers,” said Nancy York"
- 1888 - [NA] - Questerre Energy Corporation, Questerre Energy Corporation - "Shale Gas 101"
"Shale gas is natural gas stored in rocks that are rich in organic material such as dark colored shale. Gas shales are often both the source rocks and the reservoir for the natural gas, which is stored in three ways:
* adsorbed onto insoluble organic matter,kerogen that forms a molecular or atomic film
* trapped in the pore spaces of the fine grained sediments interbedded with shale much like conventional reservoirs
* confined in fractures within the shale itself
Organic-rich shales, which traditionally have been viewed as source and cap rocks for hydrocarbon reservoirs, are also now viewed as reservoir rocks."
- 1901 - [May 20, 2015] - UpWorthy, Curator: Megan Kelley - "A new documentary will show what it's like to have your life turned upside down by fracking."
"A documentary about as the title shows. This post is based on Keely Kernan's documentary, "In the Hills and Hollows," which is currently in progress."
- 1921 - [November 9, 2011] -, Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media - ""Oil To Die For" explores the Bakken, the deadliest workplace in America (Video)"
"While working the night shift at a North Dakota oil well site, a 21-year-old Montana man climbed to the top of an oil storage tank to check its levels. Upon opening the hatch Dustin Bergsing was inundated by toxic fumes and, according to North Dakota state forensic examiners, died from the inhalation of petroleum vapors."