If you are a strong believer in the long terms benefits of natural gas, you might be faced with the recent rise in skepticism regarding both the production and consumption of natural gas. These myths originated from varied sources such as environmental groups, news organization, opinion writers and natural gas competitors.
Alternatively, if you are one of the skeptics, this article is also for you!
We are here to take on the common myths about natural gas and set the record straight.
1. Wastewater generated via the process expansion of gas drilling is radioactive
This is specific to natural gas that is drilled from shale formations. While shale gas contains radioactive signatures, it is not true that it poses a public health hazard.
Not convinced? There was an actual test that was conducted in Pennsylvania waterways which proves the insignificance of radioactive problems.
There are homes in Pennsylvania that are built directly on grounds with shale formation and receive water supplies that contain naturally occurring radioactive elements. The test was conducted and results revealed no significant jumps in radiation levels.
2. There is a high risk of groundwater contamination
While we are not denying that no groundwater contamination has ever happened, we are here to debunk claims that deeply injected fluids from fracturing process migrate into groundwater.
First and foremost, nature’s creation of a layered rock structure prevents such leakage and hence doesn’t allow for such contamination to occur.
Secondly, there are active legislative measures in place that keep drillers accountable for any possible leakage.
3. Hydraulic Fracturing depletes water resources
You must have heard numerous speculations and opinion pieces which comment on the risk of water shortages resulting from natural gas development.
Problem is that these people have forgotten about what they learnt about water systems!
While the average fracturing process utilizes approximately 4 million gallons of water per well, the process also does its job in replenishing water supplies. An enormous amount of water vapour from fracturing gets feed back into the atmosphere and definitely yields enough water for replenishment.
Furthermore, the amount of water that is being used in the fracturing process is only roughly half that is being used for recreational purposes such as water parks and ski resorts.
4. Natural gas is not reliable
This statement is only true if Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has not been introduced to the world. Traditionally, natural gas is transported via physical pipelines which are limited by infrastructure and geographical barriers. Such accessibility problems have thus caused problems with regards to supply reliability, especially during cold weather conditions.
However with advances in technology, such problems have become concerns of the past. Natural gas can now be cooled into a liquid form that only takes up 1/600th of its original volume, making transportation extremely cost efficient regardless of the distance.
If one country faces supply shortage at any one point, you just need to hop onto another supplier in another country.
5. The conversion to and use of Natural Gas is costly
True, in the short run.
Converting to natural gas requires a large amount of investments into a new boiler, paying for installation and landscaping work etc. However, by engaging in simple conservation efforts and cost savings from the utilization of natural gas to power your business operations, you will be enjoying a long-term price advantage.
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