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Answering Drilling Myths

Cornell Professor Tackles Hydraulic Fracturing

February 27, 2013

PORTLAND — Dr. Anthony Ingraffea spoke to a packed house at Cornell University’s Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory Tuesday....

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Renaldo

Feb-27-13 4:56 AM

Very interesting, wish I was there. Sounds like he talked of reality, pretty refreshing.

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carlaw

Feb-27-13 5:19 AM

Thank you Dr. Ingraffea ! Whenever a couple of bucks are involved, it's hard to get to the truth.

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beck11

Feb-27-13 5:36 AM

And who paid him? sounds like some liberties were taken with the facts by him.Don't believe everything you here just because he has some college beside his name.

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carlaw

Feb-27-13 5:47 AM

There is an excellent video in the Dunkirk Observer. Listen to it. He is not only an expert but the voice of reason. Nothing will convince those who stand to make a buck. Some would sell out for less than 30 pieces of silver. The hope of making money is all that matters.

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CharlesK

Feb-27-13 6:40 AM

"the logical thing would be to use energy which has a free supply like wind, solar and water. He acknowledged there are production and distribution costs associated with these resources"

Why then are not gas oil and coal just as "free" as what were listed?

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Griffin60

Feb-27-13 6:40 AM

Look at Pennsylvania and Ohio they are fracking and their job situations are MUCH better than NYS. No problems with fracking there either! The green terrorists are at it again!! Approve the XL pipeline and FRACK as much as possible!

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Gemni5

Feb-27-13 6:49 AM

Griffin, did you read the article? 8.9% of new wells in the Marcellus Shale area of Pennsylvannia have reported leaks in 2012. That's not a problem?!

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momcat53

Feb-27-13 6:58 AM

Charles, DUH. Fossil fuels are not "free" because of the very large costs involved in extracting them from the earth to use in the creation of energy. Sun, wind, and water are already just THERE.

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sueanne

Feb-27-13 7:32 AM

We (usa) are going to save the world when china, india and others polute more than ever. These same people are the ones who claimed that drilling in western NY was going to kill the wild life, polute our wells and have a very negitive effect on the enviroment and now we know it was all a lie.

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momcat53

Feb-27-13 7:46 AM

sueanne, we share one planet with China and India, we're all in this together. We all have to do our part. But we're all responsible for our own actions, and to say that somebody else has to change their ways while I do nothing makes no sense. Also, what was a lie about drilling in western NY? The moratorium on this unconventional form of shale gas development has not yet been lifted in NY. Not one of these horizontal wells has been drilled here, while Pennsylvania is being turned into a wasteland.

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momcat53

Feb-27-13 7:53 AM

I have to say I love it when you post an undeniable FACT here and people disagree with you because the truth interferes with their tightly held opinion.

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momcat53

Feb-27-13 7:57 AM

8.9% of new wells are leaking, and those are just the reported ones. NEW wells in 2012. An increase, not decrease, over the percentage of new wells reported leaking in previous years. The companies are not improving their process, they're getting sloppier.

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momcat53

Feb-27-13 8:08 AM

Can we please have a few comments from people who are at least LITERATE in science? Or do those people not bother reading this site?

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Brent1

Feb-27-13 8:14 AM

I wonder if the greenies are aware that when a leaf or any vegetation decays (all over the entire earth), it gives off carbon emmissions?

I wonder if the greenies know we have been thru many hot cold hot cold cycles in the past millions of years that were so severe that it melted the ice that covered this area all the way to the north pole?

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Lilrud

Feb-27-13 8:28 AM

I think the "greenies" are more aware of what's going on since they take the time to research things themselves and learn the facts rather than rumors or from the people making money off this.

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Brent1

Feb-27-13 8:31 AM

Maybe someone could tell me where my post is incorrect?

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askwhy

Feb-27-13 8:34 AM

This is another liberal academic hack preaching his bias facts. Everyone of his so called facts is disputable. There is 1% more leaks reported because there are over 50% more wells being drilled in PA. Nor does he even describe the leak..because however minor they are they have to be reported now. Lets see what this SUNY hack says when NYS starts cutting education funding because it has no more taxable income in WNY. Bet he looks for a job at Penn St. These chicken littles are starving WNY of economic prosperity that PA and WV are reaping.

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Jazzie

Feb-27-13 8:35 AM

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MrFreeze

Feb-27-13 8:41 AM

Brent you're not wrong at all..Fossil fuels are carbon based, and are derived from past vegetation, past lives of others as well. I believe when anything starts to decay, it gives off emissions. Your point?

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MrFreeze

Feb-27-13 8:46 AM

Wind and solar power don't take millions of years to reproduce themselves. FACT

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momcat53

Feb-27-13 8:50 AM

askwhy, this "academic hack" is an engineering expert in fracturing mechanics and has actually worked in the industry. Also, percentage of leaks has nothing to do with the number of wells, remedial math classes for you.

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momcat53

Feb-27-13 8:55 AM

Also, askwhy, Dr. Ingraffea conducts research and teaches classes at Cornell, which is a private research university and not part of the SUNY system.

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Brent1

Feb-27-13 9:12 AM

Mr Freeze, I thought my point was very clear? Sorry, Ill try to explain, Everyone must agree that our earth has been thru many hot and cold cycles in the past so severe that it melted the ice from New York to the north pole region, now why did that happen when there was no mam made pollution, its because our earth in its natural state, in the past (thousands of years ago) emmited so much carbon that it caused the warming. (today envros say carbon emmissions cause global warming) In those days what was causing the warm up? Well we all know that plant material emits carbon and it every where emitting constantly for millions of years.

Maybe you could answer a question for me, How much has the earth warmed or cooled in the last ten years?

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PleaseWakeUp

Feb-27-13 9:12 AM

Can someone clarify who is going to make the money on this? What I don't understand is why fossil fuels don't belong to all of us. Why can National Fuel and/or other "companies" purchase what is in the ground and make money off of it.

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PleaseWakeUp

Feb-27-13 9:15 AM

Just think about it for a moment. We each own land next to each other, You drill and I don't, but natural gas is under me, just as much as it is under you. Are you not "stealing" my gas? As discussed with the pipeline, this is a commodities cost and there is no savings by opening up more wells.

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