The purpose of this particular blog post is to create some discussion and perhaps have some new ideas thrown out. Nothing in here is guaranteed to work and is just my own personal ideas I have come up with in an attempt to discover how to best protect the people of this province if fracking does go ahead.
I have been doing some research on fracking. My personal research has not been aimed at how safe is fracking but instead on how to best alleviate the common issues.
Taking the common scenarios that are discussed i have been looking to see what options can be done to create the safest possible option.
For one there has been some discussion that there are safer ways then fracking that will still allow the gas to be collected. This is something that I have not found information on but would like to research further, however the main issue I am looking at here is how to safely contain most spill type issues.
First I look at stand flow back overflow. My suggestion to fix this has apparently already been used by one company. The idea is to build a tub to catch the overflow so it can be safely disposed of. Build a floor 1 foot thick 200 feet on each side of the well head with a 3 foot high concrete wall whose only entry point is over the top (no doors or low spots in the wall) this will basically form a container to hold overflow (at least up to 480 000 cubic feet of overflow.
Second issue and this is major is the H2S blow back (sour gas) which can be deadly at very low concentrations. Now some research has shown that H2S can be disposed of through a process called the “Claus process” to create elemental sulphur and water and I would expect this process could be harnessed as well to produce electricity.
There are definitely other issues that as of yet I have not managed to determine ways of improving such as disposal of fracking fluid and maintaining the integrity of the concrete casing to guarantee no contamination. Neither of them have i seen or heard a plan that makes me completely comfortable at this time.
These techniques would also need to be regulated into place as it is unlikely that a fracking company would be willing to spend the additional funds to make these major safety and environmental adjustments.