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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:03 PM

Reports: Shale Gas Bubble Looms, Aided by Wall Street

Two long-awaited reports were published today at ShaleBubble.org by the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) and the Energy Policy Forum (EPF).

Together, the reports conclude that the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") boom could lead to a "bubble burst" akin to the housing bubble burst of 2008.

While most media attention towards fracking has focused on the threats to drinking water and health in communities throughout North America and the world, there is an even larger threat looming. The fracking industry has the ability - paralleling the housing bubble burst that served as a precursor to the 2008 economic crisis - to tank the global economy.

Playing the role of Cassandra, the reports conclude that "the so-called shale revolution is nothing more than a bubble, driven by record levels of drilling, speculative lease & flip practices on the part of shale energy companies, fee-driven promotion by the same investment banks that fomented the housing bubble..." a summary details. "Geological and economic constraints not to mention the very serious environmental and health impacts of drilling mean that shale gas and shale oil (tight oil) are far from the solution to our energy woes."

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http://truth-out.org/news/item/14694-reports-shale-gas-bubble-looms-aided-by-wall-street

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Purveyor Feb 2013 OP
WillyT Feb 2013 #1
Arctic Dave Feb 2013 #2
Mnemosyne Feb 2013 #3
creeksneakers2 Feb 2013 #4
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #5
Kolesar Feb 2013 #6
Demo_Chris Feb 2013 #7
1-Old-Man Feb 2013 #8
Kolesar Feb 2013 #9

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:05 PM

1. K & R !!!


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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:15 PM

2. Totally agree.

 

The only thing keeping this charade going is cheap money and high prices. The margins are so slim that it will crater the entire fracking industry, aside from the really big players, when it goes.


If people haven't figured out yet this was nothing more then a jobs program that couldn't get shipped to China.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:28 PM

3. NW Pa, signs on electric poles in nearby tiny town, informing us about the fortune under our land.

i will have no sympathy when it crashes, greed drove it.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 08:58 PM

4. The New York Times

published a story that said yields at gas wells fall dramatically after one year.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:44 PM

5. I have a friend who thinks she died and went to heaven working in the fracking

fields in North Dakota. But vast reserves of shale oil are a myth. The reality is the environmental nightmare going on here. To my friend it's a big adventure, making $30/hour to do payroll and live in the mud. They only drink bottled water.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:45 PM

6. Is the bubble in the "gas leases"?

Are the leases being bid up? I don't understand the mechanism.

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Response to Kolesar (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:15 PM

7. Nor do it. Hopefully someone will elaborate

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:53 PM

8. More utter nonsene.

Fracking of deep shales for natural gas extraction has alredy cut the price of natural gas by 1/3 of its price just a couple of years ago - just the opposite of a bubble - and it use on electric power production in lew of coal as a fuel will go a long way toward environmental acceptability, particularly when carbon capture and sequesterization is employed, as it will be on virtually all new constructin power plants.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:55 AM

9. Wow. You have no idea of how markets work

Anytime you want to share your natural gas sequestration secret, let us know.

BTW, it's "in lieu", it's not like Lew Rockwell

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