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Potential Bounty for North Carolina


By Dr. Daniel I. Fine

Nearly 40 years ago, when the first oil price shock from the Middle East and OPEC disrupted the American economy, North Carolina and Appalachia briefly became an oil and gas frontier. Following geological investigations, Chevron drilled an exploratory well in the Deep River Basin beneath Lee County, N.C. Oil was discovered at 5,000 feet, but it contained excessive paraffin and Chevron plugged the well.

It remains there today as a new natural gas and oil technology has emerged: the capability of opening tight rock formations or shale through hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

Why is North Carolina not yet a site for drilling rigs, mud and service companies? Why is there shale gas exploration and production in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and on different rock formations in Arkansas, Texas and in the Rocky Mountains?

The answer is political.

Read Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine’s Op-Ed “Potential bounty for North Carolina”now on Shale Gas in North Carolina


Dr. Fine writes “Nearly 40 years ago, when the first oil price shock from the Middle East and OPEC disrupted the American economy, North Carolina and Appalachia briefly became an oil and gas frontier. Following geological investigations, Chevron drilled an exploratory well in the Deep River Basin beneath Lee County, N.C. Oil was discovered at 5,000 feet, but it contained excessive paraffin and Chevron plugged the well. and asks the question: Why is North Carolina not yet a site for drilling rigs, mud and service companies? Why is there shale gas exploration and production in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and on different rock formations in Arkansas, Texas and in the Rocky Mountains?

 

DENR: With safeguards, fracking is OK in North Carolina


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RALEIGH State environmental regulators say the process of extracting natural gas from underground shale deposits, known as “fracking,” can be done safely if adequate protections are in place.

That’s the conclusion the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources reached in a study released Friday that legislators last year required it conduct with the Department of Commerce.

But the study cautions that not enough is known about many environmental and economic consequences of the practice of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. And, it says, because the oil and gas industry has been able to escape some federal environmental laws that apply to other industries, the state must clearly define its regulatory authority in order to protect people from contaminated water and other risks.

Fracking proponents hailed the study as proof that fracking is safe and viable for North Carolina, where it has been prohibited by law.

Energy Expert, Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the “opposition” against Shale Gas in North Carolina


Dr Daniel Fine takes on the opposition to Shale Gas and Fracking in the video below: Go to the John Locke Foundation website (locker room) for complete video

Please send this youtube video on to your friends and family–spread the word on this all important issue!

http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PA

Dr. Fine spoke in Raleigh, NC in a lecture sponsored by the John Locke Foundation and the Jesse Helms Center entitled “Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina

“While North Carolina struggles with an ongoing abysmal employment situation, fracking is providing a welcome boon for North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, among others. Being a latecomer in the game could have its own benefits, however; as Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy has explained, North Carolina is well positioned to survey and adopt the best practices, the best technology, and the best legal landscape. And the Deep River Basin in Lee and Chatham counties offers an especially promising area for development.”

 

Dr. Daniel I. Fine works with the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy. He is a longtime research associate at the Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT. Fine is also a policy adviser on nonconventional oil and gas. He is co-editor of Resource War in 3-D: Dependence, Diplomacy and Defense, and has contributed to Business Week, the Engineering and Mining Journal and the Washington Times. Fine has testified on strategic natural resources before the U.S. Senate committees on Foreign Affairs and Energy and Natural Resources. In this speech, he discusses “Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina.”

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Energy Expert, Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the “opposition” against Shale Gas in North Carolina


“While North Carolina struggles with an ongoing abysmal employment situation, fracking is providing a welcome boon for North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, among others. Being a latecomer in the game could have its own benefits, however; as Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy has explained, North Carolina is well positioned to survey and adopt the best practices, the best technology, and the best legal landscape. And the Deep River Basin in Lee and Chatham counties offers an especially promising area for development.”

Energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine takes on the “opposition” to Shale Gas in North Carolina


“While North Carolina struggles with an ongoing abysmal employment situation, fracking is providing a welcome boon for North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, among others. Being a latecomer in the game could have its own benefits, however; as Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy has explained, North Carolina is well positioned to survey and adopt the best practices, the best technology, and the best legal landscape. And the Deep River Basin in Lee and Chatham counties offers an especially promising area for development.”

The full one hour video can be seen here–>”North Carolina’s approach to natural gas fracking” —>  http://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/2012/02/27/north-carolinas-approach-to-natural-gas-fracking/

On You Tube (2 minutes)—–>  http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PA

Podcast: danielfine022712.mp4

Dr. Daniel I. Fine works with the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy. He is a longtime research associate at the Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT. Fine is also a policy adviser on nonconventional oil and gas. He is co-editor of Resource War in 3-D: Dependence, Diplomacy and Defense, and has contributed to Business Week, the Engineering and Mining Journal and the Washington Times. Fine has testified on strategic natural resources before the U.S. Senate committees on Foreign Affairs and Energy and Natural Resources. In this speech, he discusses “Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina.” Fracking’s promise of jobs, growth too compelling to ignore By Jon Sanders John Locke Foundation March 9

Dr. Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina’s approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing


Dr. Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina’s approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

via Dr. Daniel Fine discusses North Carolina’s approach to shale gas and hydraulic fracturing.

 

“Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina.” with energy expert Dr. Daniel Fine, New Mexico Center for Energy policy


The John Locke Foundation and the Jesse Helms Center
Cordially invites you to
a meeting of the Shaftesbury Society
with our special guest
Dr. Daniel I. Fine
– Research Associate – Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT
“Shale Gas Wars: From Pennsylvania to North Carolina.”
More |
Monday, February 27, 2012
12:00 pm Noon
John Locke Foundation, 200 W. Morgan Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Price:$10.00
Dr. Daniel Fine is a Research Associate at the Mining and Minerals Resources Institute, MIT. Dr. Fine is also a current Policy Adviser on Non-Conventional Oil and Gas. He is co-editor of Resource War in 3-D: Dependence, Diplomacy and Defense, and has contributed to Business Week, the Engineering and Mining Journal and the Washington Times. Dr. Fine participated in the Atlantic Council Workshop on Central Asian Policy and the Hudson Institute Russia-United States Relations Project. He has given testimony on strategic natural resources before the U.S. Senate Committees on Foreign Affairs and the Energy and Natural Resources. Dr. Fine was a member of the Domestic Energy Production Issue Team of the Center For The Study Of The Presidency and Congress “Strengthening America’s Future Initiative.” He has participated as a panelist on energy public policy at the Rocky Mountain Global New Energy Summit.
Shaftesbury Luncheon talks are free and open to the public. An optional lunch is available for purchase at the event, or participants may brown bag a lunch if they choose.

See Dr. Daniel Fine on Shale Gas and Fracturing on You Tube! go there and spread the word!  ——>http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PA

 

For or against Shale gas? Vote in my poll!


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Dr. Daniel FIne, NMCEP. “total rejection” of Duke University study against hydraulic fracturing


The conservative-leaning John Locke Foundation    has pledged to support drilling for natural gas in North Carolina and has drawn a line in the sand against a study from Duke University’s    Nicholas School of the Environment that raised concerns about how natural gas is extracted from the ground.

Called hydrofracturing, or “fracking” for short, gas companies blast large volumes of water, sand and chemicals underground to create enough pressure to crack open hydrocarbon-rich shale and extract its embedded natural gas.

A group of Duke researchers last year published a peer-reviewed article in the academic journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that became one of the most read articles on its website. The study found elevated levels of methane in wells with drinking water close to fracking sites in Pennsylvania.

Daniel Fine, a director at the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, spoke for about an hour at a regular John Locke Foundation meeting Monday, telling those in attendance that drilling for natural gas was indeed safe. He questioned the Duke study in part by quoting Michael L. Krancer, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, who called the study “statistically and technically biased” in testimony before the subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Nov. 16.

“There is a total rejection of that study,” Fine said Monday.

Despite Fine’s assertion, the researchers previously have addressed several of the issues that he brought up.

Fine said he and others would help “set up a response” to Duke, environmentalists and the “mass media,” which will mount an “opposition” to hydrofracking in North Carolina.

for the rest of the article see—->http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2012/02/natural-gas-fracking-debate-heats-up.html

See Dr. Fine at the John Locke Foundation —->http://youtu.be/4Lbn9diK1PA

http://lockerroom.johnlocke.org/2012/02/27/north-carolinas-approach-to-natural-gas-fracking/

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