Accountable fracking topic of discussion during first Mayors’ Partnership meeting of NEBC Resource Coalition

first_img Spearhead stage: Also referred to as an acid stage, it is generally a mix of water with diluted acid, such as hydrochloric acid. This serves to clear debris that may be present in the wellbore providing a clear pathway for fracture fluids to access the formation. Pad stage: A batch of carrying fluid without proppant that is used to break the formation and initiate the hydraulic fracturing of the target formation. Proppant stage: During this stage a mixture of water and sand (i.e. proppant) is fed into the wellbore. The proppant is composed of non-compressible material, such as sand, that will be carried by the fracture fluid into the formation and deposited. The proppant will remain in the formation once the pressure is reduced and ‘prop’ open the fracture network. Thus, maintaining the enhanced permeability created by the hydraulic fracture program. Flush stage: A volume of fresh water is pumped down the wellbore to flush out any excess proppant that may be present in the wellbore.In regard to on-site monitoring, that’s done from a single truck often referred to as the Data Monitoring Van.The van monitors and records the rate and pressure at which the fracturing fluid is pumped down the wellbore, the rates of the necessary additives present in the fracturing fluid and proppant concentration.According to Heffernan, information regarding the hydraulic fracking process is of particular importance for this region, as he says Northeast B.C. is “the epicenter” of oil and gas activity in Western Canada.Heffernan says drilling in the Montney region has increased 26 per cent in 2014 from the previous year, which now accounts for 90 per cent of drilling activity in the province.Advertisement President Kevin Heffernan says the society’s primary objective is to “encourage and inform dialogue”, whether that be with land owners or corporate owners, in an effort to help them “make decisions on facts, not innuendo and misperceptions.”A primary example of this was illustrated though information regarding the evolutionary process of the industry; including industry collaboration an standards, re-using and recycling fluids, increasing additional stages of fracking in an effort to reduce pressure, use of other fluids like saline water, and on-site monitoring.“When you hear people talking about stages in a horizontal well, they’re talking about isolating 100 meters, more or less, of that well and hydraulically fracturing that well, and then shifting and isolating another 100 meter section of the well.”- Advertisement -Heffernan adds, “It’s much more efficient in terms of the use of fluid, the use of energy, and resource recovery.”The hydraulic fracturing stages are broken down into four.The following information has been obtained from www.fracfocus.ca:Advertisementlast_img read more

MH370 relatives: Please don’t give up search

first_imgRelatives of passengers presumed dead on Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared off the WA coast in 2014, have pleaded with Australia not to abandon the search for the aircraft.Family members of MH370 victims met Australian investigators leading the A$180 million search for the Boeing 777 in Perth on Wednesday.They told The West Australian newspaper of their anguish and frustration that their loved ones remain lost 2 1/2 years after the plane disappeared.Jennifer Chong, whose husband Chong Ling Tan was on the doomed flight, appealed to the Australian, Chinese and Malaysian governments to continue the search.“Please don’t give up on searching for MH370, for our loved ones, for us and for the flying public,” the Victorian mother said.MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, after communications were cut during what was to be a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.The search is due to be suspended in December when Dutch search company Fugro completes the current 120,000sqkm search zone.The Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments agreed on the suspension in July in the absence of “credible new evidence” pointing to the plane’s location.Ms Chong was among a group of Australian, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian relatives of MH370 victims who were in Perth to meet the crew of theFugro Equator ship, which was in Fremantle for a crew change yesterday for its search in the remote southern Indian Ocean.Malaysian Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was on MH370, appealed for help to find evidence before the search ended in December.“It is our understanding that if they dismantle the whole search, it will take a very long time to remobilise it because they will have to have the assets come back to the location and that will take time,” she said. “It’s everyone’s best interests that something comes up sooner rather than later.”Ms Nathan, a lawyer, said she would raise the issue when the group meets Australian Transport Safety Bureau officials in Canberra on Monday.The group praised the Australian Government, which has contributed A$60 million to the search. But they were disappointed with the Malaysian Government’s handling of the tragedy.Ms Nathan said the Malaysian officials leading the investigation into the plane’s disappearance had refused to meet victims’ relatives despite repeated requests. “We don’t understand why they never want to see us, speak to us. We struggle to come to terms with this,” she said.The relatives met US lawyer and investigator Blaine Gibson, who has found 10 pieces of debris, some confirmed to be from MH370. They praised his efforts and believe it is credible evidence to continue the search.last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, March 5 2011

first_imgReadWrite Sponsors Tags:#Events Guide#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more