Can we reduce the risk of fracking? The oil and gas industry maintains it is perfectly safe, and yes, maybe it is, but many environmentalists are not so convinced. Then there were those Earthquakes in OH and OK, and the PA mysterious well water which lit on fire coming out of the tap with just a Bic Lighter.
In Wyoming there was an environmental report inconclusive that fracking 'may have caused' contamination of ground water. The companies and their geologists along with other highly respected geologists in the industry say; hog wash - and it may well be, still with all these clouds over fracking; exactly what does 'safe' mean then?
Can we add another layer of safety to the current fracking technologies perhaps make them even safer, plus more efficient in the process - a question I recently considered taking to our think tank after studying up on; Acoustic Emissions Instrumentation. So, let me pose some questions here;
1. Can we refine the precision of this process?
2. Can we control it to very tight parameters?
3. Can we better utilize sound technologies?
Perhaps, during the drilling process, we can triangulating the arrival time of the sounds to pin-point locations of the stress of the rocks and geological material as it occurs and then use computational analysis to predict the processing volume of gas or oil in real time, which should prevent excess pressure bubbles or dangerous over stress. Such a procedure wouldn't be any major revelation as it is basically how many manufacturers in the space age generation were able to find defects or flaws during pressure testing of rocket boosters - so whereas, it is rocket science, it's also geo-science - gas, pressure, sound, stress - it's physics after all.
Next, I'd like to pose a question, should the US Corporate R&D departments working on all this share this information with the world, or keep it all as a trade secret? Should the US develop this technology to sell to the oil and gas industry around the globe as an export instrumentation technology, or keep it for themselves to maximize efficiency and give them the edge in global energy production of gas and oil? All good questions, as the rest of the world becomes concern about environmental spills, fracking earthquakes, or even in rare cases contaminated ground water.
Now then, there are some challenges with this type of acoustical emissions testing for stress with regards to cavitation and boiling, both found in fracturing drilling methods, however, it appears that these challenges can be met with today's stereo sound wave acoustical emissions strategies. Indeed, I'd ask you to please consider all this and think on it.