CBS on California Methane Leak

January 8, 2016


4 Responses to “CBS on California Methane Leak”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    I’m no petroleum engineer, but this whole mess has got my crap detectors vibrating. IMO, the “fluid” they should be using is good old concrete—-as much as it takes. They are avoiding that and instead trying to do what will best preserve their investment at the lowest long-term cost, and if a few million tons of methane escape in the meantime, that’s everybody else’s problem, not theirs. More of the same old “privatize the profits, socialize the costs” that the fossil fuel companies have been practicing since the beginning. From an Alex Jones piece:

    “Our efforts to stop the flow of gas by pumping fluids directly down the well have not yet been successful, so we have shifted our focus to stopping the leak through a relief well,” Anne Silva, a spokesperson for the Southern California Gas Company, told Motherboard, adding that the company is still exploring other options to stop the leak. “The relief well process is on schedule to be completed by late February or late March.”

    Part of the problem in stopping the leak lies in the base of the well, which sits 8,000 feet underground. Pumping fluids down into the well, usually the normal recourse, just isn’t working, said Silva. Workers have been ”unable to establish a stable enough column of fluid to keep the force of gas [from] coming up from the reservoir.” The company is now constructing a relief well that will connect to the leaking well, and hopefully provide a way to reduce pressure so the leak can be plugged.

    Does anyone else see the BS in all that?

  2. BS is all we have EVER gotten from fossil fuel companies:

    1) Exxon Valdez
    2) BP Oil spill in the Gulf
    3) Duke Energy lying about coal sludge

    I can’t WAIT till the f****ing fossil fuel companies are “history” (literally). That is decades off….but it can’t come soon enough.

  3. indy222 Says:

    150 wells and only 10 have shut-off valves? How exactly are they going to tap-dance that one?

  4. dumboldguy Says:

    By doing exactly what they’re doing? Saying “Shit happens, we’re sorry, we’re fixing it”, and going back to BAU ASAP? That’s the Exxon Valdez and BP models, isn’t it?

    After all, 150 wells and only ONE leaked is really GOOD news, isn’t it? Think of all the money they saved by not installing those 140 valves.

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