What Fracking Looks Like

As I drove by this I instantly knew, “this is no typical drilling operation.” I cannot say with 100% certainty this is fracking, (photos start here and move forward) but the region and geological formation fits and based on other photos from google images it looks like fracking to me.

6 comments to What Fracking Looks Like

  • creativelcro

    But to be sure, how does a nonfracking tower look like?

  • chalo

    and they can render it unfit for supporting life if they want to.

  • Tina

    for what a fracking tower looks like

    feminazi extraordinare :D

  • creativelcro

    Logically, one needs examples of non-fracking towers as well. Perhaps the non-fracking towers look a lot like the fracking ones. I have no fracking idea.

  • JustPlainDave

    …the fracking comes in. Is it part of the drilling process or is it purely part of the production process? I believe it’s actually the latter, but this isn’t something that I’m all that familiar with. In terms of meaningful signature differences, I don’t think there’s likely to be a lot having to do with the drill rig proper – difference with fracking would presumably be that there would be more capacity to pump higher volumes of fluids down the borehole than there is during regular drilling. The really visible stuff like being able to raise and lower the drill string (i.e., assemble and disassemble the pipe) and spin it around must be pretty similar, but as I say this isn’t something that I’m very familiar with.

    Near as I can tell from the descriptions of this play, there’s very likely to be fracking involved – the media accounts cite it for this play and if it’s a gas well (as opposed to an oil well) something like 90% of US wells use fracking anyway. I believe the notion is that there’s a lot of horizontal drilling going on and that the fracking is used to increase the recovery.

    “For the most part, when people discuss international law they are using it as a tool in a broader policy debate…. Very few people, it turns out, care about international law for its own sake.” ~ David Bosco

  • JustPlainDave

    …near as I can tell from the more detailed descriptions of the process the fracking occurs after the drilling rig and what is described as a “completion rig” (I don’t know whether the completion rig is absolutely required as any drill rig should also be able to pull the string – I suspect it’s done this way because it’s a better use of resources) leave the site. Visual signature should look something like this:

    Fracking site overview

    Probably this is an idealized view and there are likely some variations, reality being annoyingly exception based and all.

    “For the most part, when people discuss international law they are using it as a tool in a broader policy debate…. Very few people, it turns out, care about international law for its own sake.” ~ David Bosco

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