Steve Breen by Steve Breen

Steve Breen

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  1. NebulousRikulau

    NebulousRikulau GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Of course, the price of drinkable water in those areas might go the other way.

    Sure, Fracking MIGHT be able to be done in a way that doesn’t contaminate groundwater, but when the Gas Companies say “Don’t worry about it,” I worry about it.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 3 years ago

    Cars start running on natural gas and I’ll buy this… long as fracking the tank full doesn’t mean poisoning the ground water.

  3. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    @wmconelly

    You can convert YOUR car today. But the infrastructure is geared to gasoline for your car so you must make special arrangements to keep your tanks full.

  4. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    Wow, has Breen even LOOKED at the real price we pay for fracking? Evidently not.

  5. jinrock

    jinrock said, over 3 years ago

    Some large truck makers are in the process of switching to natural gas for their engines now and Flying J truck stops are going to supply the fuel coast to coast.

  6. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 3 years ago

    If you know this you know more than the rest of the world, Mr. Breen.

  7. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    The cost of energy to consumers isn’t going to go below what the energy companies think they can get for it. Believing otherwise shows a complete lack of understanding and failure to learn from the past.

  8. Jim Guess

    Jim Guess said, over 3 years ago

    Interesting comments … some are also clueless.
    1) Ground water is collected from wells FAR less than 1000 feet deep.
    2) Fracking is done at 5000 feet and a lot deeper.
    3) Are you saying that the fracking process ‘contamination’ will penetrate 4000 feet of rock?
    4) Do you even have a CLUE as to how thick 4000 feet of rock is?

    Therefore, anyone that says the ground water will be ‘contaminated’ by the natural gas we get from fracking wells, is a ‘special kind of stupid.’

  9. dannysixpack

    dannysixpack said, over 3 years ago

    @jim Guess

    by your logic the flotsam washing up along the west coast from the Japanese tsunami can’t happen because they’re too far away.

    guess the meteor that struck Russia a couple of weeks ago couldn’t have happened either, came from too far away.

    guess you’ve never heard of the ‘elk line’ in the mountains, go ahead and drink the water.

    what we don’t know won’t hurt us. the hubris of the deniers!

  10. Magnaut

    Magnaut GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    If there’s one thing you can count on progressives to oppose its progress

  11. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 3 years ago

    @Jim Guess

    You do know that whatever fracking pulls out — good and bad — has to move FROM 5000 feet down TO the surface, don’t you? And it passes through ground water on the way?

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    @Magnaut

    If there’s one thing you can count on conservatives to oppose, it’s conservation. But that point aside, it seems to me that there are some technical questions here that need to be resolved, and probably not on a comics post. Some technology that initially looks good turns out to bite us in the ass. That doesn’t mean don’t do it, but it does mean don’t rush in before you know what you’re doing. And don’t trust a corporation to have your interests at heart.

  13. thegreatack

    thegreatack said, over 3 years ago

    LNG is safer than gasoline. LPNs makes terrible heating fuel – that’s why they are used in HOSPITALS!!!

  14. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 3 years ago

    Fracking is used for the production of natural gas

    Gas ≠ Natural Gas.

  15. Quipss

    Quipss said, over 3 years ago

    @Jim Guess

    I would like to thank you for your argument

    however one of the benefits and issues of fracking is the large amount of gas (non natural) that arises, specifically it is great for chemical industries.

    These chemicals while they may make up 0.1% of a rock ends up being pretty significant

    That said chemicals that are not collected due to lack of market value can rise as gas, this gas can follow along the pipes and as a result raise to groundwater, some chemicals are toxic at as little as 0.2 ppm, that is parts per million. One liter of Chlorine trifluoride can pollute 10 million liters of water

    http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=F25C70EC-1

    Lets assume Canadians are around equal in water consumption as Americans per household at 329 liters

    you get about 30,000 households that have consumed nothing but toxic water for a day.

    so a relatively marginal error that allows for 1 liter of gas to drift up into groundwater will have infected 30,000 people.

    Thus the issue with fracking

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