The oil and gas industry could again be on the defensive following new test results from the...

The oil and gas industry could again be on the defensive following new test results from the U.S. Geological Survey that largely confirm previous EPA tests showing high levels of ethane and other chemicals at a Wyoming site. The results were slammed by Encana (ECA), the natural gas company operating in the area, which says the interpretation of the test was flawed.

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  • JonG
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    Ethane is a substantial component of natural gas which is found to occur as shallow as 500' below the surface at Pavillion. So is this a surprise? Gas is less dense than water- that causes it to migrate to the surface. Its called a gas seep. There are also oil seeps all around the world.
    27 Sep 2012, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    This is old news and these test results are not new. These are the same results as prior results, and they are expected because they've been drilling water wells in formations that are co-located with hydrocarbons for decades. Not only would the hydrocarbons still be there even if fracking was not occurring, but the issue and complaints go back decades before fracking even existed.
    27 Sep 2012, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • Tlatoani
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    Is this report hype to get us ready for an EPA crackdown on fracking
    in December?
    30 Sep 2012, 01:23 PM Reply Like
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