Friday, June 5, 2009

Darke County (Greenville, OH) Drilling to begin July 2009

Clicking on the link below takes you to the NETL presentation. At the end, the last page says, "Any questions?"

I have a lot of questions, here are a few:

We do NOT want this in our community, how do we stop this?

If this goes forward -

In researching other 'demonstration projects" it appears many are "designed to test failure
scenarios". We don't like secrets and want to know up-front if this is part of your plan and if so, what risks you are planning to take with our families, homes, economy, drinking water etc.

How many local people will be hired in this process?

How many Battelle employees, contractors and subcontractors will be buying homes in Greenville? In Darke County?

Who attended the planning meetings for this project? Were they publicized and listed as open to the public? If so, many of us missed those notices but I'm sure our local newspaper has them in their archive.

Who were/are the local decision makers? I don't think any of us who live here really know.

Going forward, when are the meetings? A number of us would like to be there.

Should we have an earthquake - how will you cover the loss of our homes, belongings, jobs?

This community has a lot of elderly, what provisions have you made to accommodate them?

Please click the link below
Sequestration Program Overview
Bob Kleinmann, PhD
National Energy Technology Laboratory

Scroll down to page 59

• Located at TAME Facility (Greenville, OH)
Drilling to begin ≈7/2009
• Injection to begin 2010

The time to be vocal is NOW - talk to your friends and neighbors, your elected officials - the people voted into office to act on your behalf with your best interest at heart.

From the MRCSP site -

"In the early stages of the first two-year period, the study team will also conduct a site characterization to gather detailed information about the site. This will include a seismic survey of the area to determine the nature of geologic layers and ensure that the area is free from the type of faults that could provide pathways for leakage. The team will drill a test well to gather geologic data about the storage potential in the injection zones and the ability of the overlying caprock layers to contain the carbon dioxide. The well is constructed of the several layers of steel casing and concrete to protect the drinking water supplies near the surface.

3. During this time also, the team will install site infrastructure improvements, including a carbon dioxide compression facility and a pipeline. This line will transport the carbon dioxide a short distance of several hundred feet from the ethanol vent stack to the compression site and eventually to the injection wells, located on site.

4. Before injecting carbon dioxide, the MRCSP must prepare an application for a permit to the regulators at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA requires an operational plan which will include factors such as maintaining the integrity of the well and the injection volume and pressure. The EPA also requires a plan for monitoring the safety of the operations. Before the permit becomes final, the EPA will issue a draft for public review and comment. These activities are expected to take place during 2009 and 2010.

5. After obtaining a permit, the research team will begin injecting carbon dioxide. This is expected to occur in 2010 and continue for four years.

6. As required by the permit and for research purposes, the MRCSP research team will monitor activities at all stages, including after injection, to track the condition of the well and the injected carbon dioxide.

7. After completing the injection test, the team will continue to monitor the stored carbon dioxide and evaluate the results for the remainder of the Phase III project."

Fracking - CO2

Legislation pending to allow EPA control over CO2 “fracking” (protection of drinking water)

Fracking (fracturing) is a procedure identical to CO2 sequestration used by the oil industry to drive gas/oil to the surface.

Wall Street Journal Friday June 5, 2009

Energy Industry Lobbies to Avert Drilling Rules

On Thursday, June 4th Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado and Maurice Hinchey of New York said they plan to introduce legislation to allow the EPA to regulate fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act, which would repeal a 2005 law that exempted it from EPA oversight.

Submitted article -

The “Fracking” CO2 Sequestration must to be stopped!

Please excuse the “crude” (as in oil) language but:

“Fracking” (fracturing) is the term used in the oil and gas industry that involves the injection of millions of gallons of water and chemicals into oil and gas wells at high pressure. Fracking is used to fracture or crack open dense rock formations thousands of feet underground allowing trapped gas to flow to the surface. That description should give you a clear vision of the dangerous potential of a million of tons of liquid CO2 has as it emerges through a “frack” (fracture). Unlike water, liquid CO2 will expand by over 100-fold with explosive force as it emerges toward the surface. For this reason CO2 is preferred over water for fracking. According to the calculations of Darke County Engineer Jim Surber, the proposed CO2 sequestration could amount to a fraction of a cubic mile of the gas. This fact grossly underestimates the potential for such an event to kill. For most people breathing 5-10% CO2 (certainly the elderly and children) will prove fatal. Therefore this volume must be multiplied by a factor of 10-20. Furthermore since CO2 is of a greater density than air it will spread horizontally as it emerges, thus potentially putting several square miles at risk. Indeed fracking, which is used by the oil and gas industry to drive gases to the surface, is the same process used to permanently sequester the gas CO2 underground. Can this be? The fracking process and CO2 sequestration are identical procedures– except for the fact that fracking is vented by wells reducing the risk of explosive pressures developing. CCS is not vented but capped like a carbonated drink. Due to hydraulic pressure this cap can be “fracked” at any point of time followed by the explosive release by the expanding CO2. Indeed such a thing has happened on numerous occasions in the oil industry.