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Spot The Gas Well!

May 26, 2022

By Paul Homewood

Wellers left a comment on the Ben Pile post the other day, and has sent me the photo to illustrate it:





If you go to Barenburg, Saxony in Germany there’s a large network of gas wells, but they are extremely difficult to spot due to their small size relative to the adjacent wind turbines. The gas is from sandstone, rather than shale rock, but I understand that they were hydrofractured in the 1970s to improve recovery like the Wytch Farm wells in Poole Harbour, where I was walking on Monday. The oil well there was similarly impossible to spot.”

  1. Dave Bennett permalink
    May 26, 2022 9:41 am

    One gas well can produce an electrical output through a standard gas turbine equivalent to literally dozens of wind turbines. And it can do it continuously. This is all so daft.

  2. Devoncamel permalink
    May 26, 2022 9:44 am

    I’ve complained in writing to my MP about her support for ruining our north Devon landscape with more of these monstrous carbuncles. She’s not budging.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      May 26, 2022 9:55 am

      Your view is irrelevant to her as there is no election in the offing. And even if there were, what choice are you likely to have? And even if there is a good alternative, we are surrounded by a huge mass of ignorant people – some wilfully so – that like bleating sheep keep voting for the major parties.

      • May 26, 2022 11:24 am

        …and therein lies the problem, succinctly put may I add.

    • May 26, 2022 7:42 pm

      Is your MP the uber-green Selaine Saxby (also my MP)? She is incredibly gullible as well as being totally useless.

  3. Gerry, England permalink
    May 26, 2022 9:53 am

    There is oil being extracted from 2 sites north of me, both just near the M25. Good luck spotting them on google. In fact Cuadrilla once had an exploratory well on my road but it was sold to another company and then closed down a few years back. I am not sure how the ‘Gatwick Gusher’ is going these days but that would be tapping into the same oil reservoir.

  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 26, 2022 9:56 am

    Yes, one of my favourite pics from BH days. I’ve posted it here a few times in the past in the hope that it will somehow get into the consciousness of the foolish wind believers.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      May 26, 2022 9:57 am

      PS: I think there are 11 gas wells….assuming it’s the full pic from BH.

      • May 26, 2022 10:01 am

        I’m a slow typist!

        Our comments passed in the ether.

      • Mikehig permalink
        May 29, 2022 8:40 pm

        I’m guessing those gas wells are relatively old and “conventional”. I’ve read that modern shale companies can drill up to 40 wells from one pad, using horizontal drilling to cover a huge area. So, if those were shale wells, there would probably be only one visible well-site.

      • Dave Bennett permalink
        May 29, 2022 11:49 pm

        It is common practice to develop conventional fields also, by drilling deviated wells from a central location. Many square km of a field can be produced from the one site. This just underscores the point – it is absurd

  5. May 26, 2022 10:00 am

    Bishop Hill / Andrew Montford from 2013

    • May 26, 2022 10:03 am

      Click Andrew’s photo for a very high definition image. 😉

  6. May 26, 2022 10:14 am

    Cuadrilla’s Elswick site was a production well site and the vertical well was hydraulically fractured in the underlying natural gas-bearing sandstone formation in 1993.

    The natural gas produced from the well at Elswick had been used to generate 1MW of electricity on-site continuously during its early life. Gas extracted from the sandstone formation was sent to a small onsite generator, and electricity generated fed into the electric grid via underground cables.

    Located off the main road into Elswick, the site is visually unobtrusive, with many people in the area unaware of its existence.

  7. Ian Wilkinson permalink
    May 26, 2022 10:55 am

    Oh dear, that doesn’t fit the Putin sponsored green narrative!

  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    May 26, 2022 11:19 am

    Just goes to show, nothing ever dies on the internet, we were sharing similar/same pics many many years ago.

  9. Devoncamel permalink
    May 26, 2022 11:42 am

    G E, the only way to persuade her otherwise is if she fears losing her seat. Not impossible by any means.

  10. jimlemaistre permalink
    May 26, 2022 2:11 pm

    The 3 R’s stole our children and fuels the socio-political narrative eternally !
    Logic, common sense, science . . . meaningless tools used by ‘deniers’ to swindle our ‘Clean Green’ world . . . The Media Rules . . . Intelligent thought . . . Be Dammed . . . God is Green !

    Madness . . . and a little sarcasm . . .

  11. Paul Coulson permalink
    May 26, 2022 2:39 pm

    In politics, optics rule. Governments must not only “do something to tackle problems” (which, due to the law of unintended consequences, invariably causes further problems), they must be seen to be doing something. Hence, windmills, being much more visible than unobtrusive fracking pumps, are the obvious choice.

  12. Lloyd Pryce permalink
    May 27, 2022 10:28 am

    Thank you, Jim Your attachment talks more profound sense than anything I’ve seen in print – ever- about matters environmental, especially from academia, even though I happen to be the proud father of a celebrated professor!. This really should be compulsory reading instead of being tucked away and only to be found by persistent seekers of the truth. Yes, I know it amounts to blasphemy against the new religion! (I recon Christianity has much more going for it, even after two thousand years!).
    Having been involved in a weather-dependant business since the 1950’s, it has been increasingly evident that the global warming (formerly global cooling and latterly ‘climate change’) narrative bends and flexes to match the (natural) fluctuations in climate, increasingly defies logic, and stretches credibility to destruction. It’s a beautiful world. Let’s enjoy and be happy with the good Earth, whilst being sensible about careless pollution; if we can sensibly reduce usage of earths bountiful resources, to the benefit of future generations, then that should be our aim
    PS. If you have not read Jim Lemaistre’s excellent attachment above, you should make it a priority.

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      May 27, 2022 11:58 am

      Mr. Pryce, very kind of you to say. This paper you have so kindly advocated has been sent to over 150 Canadian Journalists and Editorialists without even a single question or reply. Sadly, this is the state of our intellectual elite in the 21st century . . . See no evil, hear no evil . . . fear No evil . . .

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