Saturday, March 24, 2012

Let's Frack the Pockwock

Years ago I heard a story -  surely an urban legend - that an aboriginal group in Alberta, tired of having their sacred burial grounds dug up by archaeologists, decided to hire an archaeologist of their own and applied for a permit to do a dig in the Old Settler cemetery in Edmonton. Their plan was to examine the jewellery and trinkets and amulets that were buried there in an effort to determine something about the beliefs and customs and practices of the early white settlers in the area. I am sure that it is just a story, but it has a certain truthiness about it - if it isn't true, it should be.

This made me think that perhaps we should apply for a permit to drill for natural gas in the Pockwock Water Supply watershed for the City of Halifax. We could form one of those investment vehicles that gets favourable tax treatment from the Province, sell shares all around the province (I bet we could sell quite a few up in the Lake Ainslie area) and then hire a rig to start drilling a few holes.

We would have to start with some seismic exploration, which involves letting off explosions and measuring the returning sound waves, but we could schedule that during the daylight hours so as to provide a minimum of disruption to the residents. Once we knew what the underlying geology looked like we could then start our drilling program. Of course, there would be no danger to the groundwater as drilling is perfectly safe, and even if we had to use hydraulic fracturing the likelihood of contaminating the water supply for the city would be low. Certainly the risk would be acceptable given the possible economic returns to our investors, none of whom would be residents of HRM. And we would need many millions of litres of fresh water for our fracking program but we could just draw that right out of the water supply, and perhaps we could inject the waste water back into the earth as a way of getting rid of it.

Once we have discovered gas we could dig a trench across the city so we could lay a pipeline out into the rural areas where folks need the gas. If we routed the pipeline through the Lake Major Water Supply watershed in Dartmouth we could do some drilling there also, and maybe pick up a bit more gas.

And we could do all of this at a profit. For us, of course. And if there's unforeseen trouble, the HRM folks can drink bottled water for a few generations until the groundwater clears. Maybe we could form another investment company and set up a bottling plant . . .

No comments:

Post a Comment