I have a rancher friend in South Texas who told me that the Zeta gang was occupying drill sites near Laredo and carrying automatic weapons and leaving in return for "protection money". Can anyone confirm or deny this?
Other interesting items.
1. The Marcellus Shale is thought to contain 500 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. From a BTU point of view this is 83 billion barrels of oil equivalent. In a perfect world, this could supplant 40 years of foreign imported oil. Of course, in that perfect world, politicians and regulators are wise and recognize that Natural Gas is Low Carbon, that you drill for it, and that through awesome innovation, the US has added this strategic replacement as a virtual step function in domestic availability to low carbon energy and consistent supply. If this step function had occurred in wind or solar, the media would be trumpeting this on the front covers everywhere.
2. The 2 or 3 million gallons it takes to frac a MArcellus well sounds like a lot of water, doesn't it? This one time use of 2-3 million gallons will supply 7 billion cubic feet of gas, 30 million dollars worth of cheap energy to American homes. You know what else you can do with 2 million gallons of fresh water? Water a golf course or public park for two weeks.