The shale gas industry’s 60-year lie


A verbatim quote on Al Jazeera – North to South – from Shell SA Chairman and Vice President, Mr. Bonang Mohale:

“[I]t’s a sixty-year old technology that Shell has been pursuing vigorously, probably for the last 35 years”

COMMENT FROM JONATHAN DEAL

It is accurate to say that hydro-fracking has been done for over sixty years[1] in the United States. It is inaccurate and misleading to infer that the relatively new process of high-volume, horizontal, slickwater fraccing has been practiced for over 60 years. There is ample evidence to prove that the advent of modern-day ‘fraccing’ in the United States is recorded as coming into commercial production during the 1990’s. “The first horizontal shale gas well was drilled in 1991; the first slick water fracture took place in 1996; and the use of cluster drilling from one pad in 2007.”[2]

SourceWatch[3] confirms: “The U.S. Department of Energy began conducting the ‘Eastern Gas Shales Project’ in the 1970s with two goals: evaluate the gas potential of Devonian and Mississippian shale basins and develop new drilling, stimulation, and recovery technologies. It was determined that there were large supplies of gas in the shale rock, but no technology to extract it. A coordinated private-public R&D effort was launched to create a ‘technological fix.’”

[1] Shell South Africa Country Chairman, Bonang Mohale, on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell in SA 2011. Claim repeated frequently by Shell executives in South Africa.

[1] Andrew Nikiforuk, “Shale Gas: Myth and Realities,” The Tyee, Jan 7, 2013.

[1] SourceWatch is a publication distributed by  the The Center for Media and Democracy. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Fracking


[1] Shell South Africa Country Chairman, Bonang Mohale, on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell in SA 2011. Claim repeated frequently by Shell executives in South Africa.

[2] Andrew Nikiforuk, “Shale Gas: Myth and Realities,” The Tyee, Jan 7, 2013.

[3] SourceWatch is a publication distributed by  the The Center for Media and Democracy. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Fracking

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