NEW: Fracking for OIL, not just natural gas — 8 states on tap, and “we’re not done yet”

New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US, AP, February 9, 2011:

A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude. … They drill down and horizontally into the rock, then pump water, sand and chemicals into the hole to crack the shale and allow gas to flow up. …

Companies are investing billions of dollars to get at oil deposits scattered across North Dakota, Colorado, Texas and California. … Now newer fields are showing promise, including the Niobrara, which stretches under Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas; the Leonard, in New Mexico and Texas; and the Monterey, in California. …

“And there will be several additional plays that will come about in the next 12 to 18 months. We’re not done yet…” [says Mark Papa, chief executive of EOG Resources.]…

Environmentalists fear that fluids or wastewater from the process, called hydraulic fracturing, could pollute drinking water supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency is now studying its safety in shale drilling. The agency studied use of the process in shallower drilling operations in 2004 and found that it was safe.

Read the AP’s press release report here.

See also: WARNING: Dispersant/Surfactant eats through water filters & fish gills — Via Gasland (VIDEO)

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