Among the hundreds of people arrested in North Dakota for protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans faced the most serious charges. More than two years after the protests began, federal judges are now handing down lengthy prison sentences to the protesters.
By Justin Mikulka • Friday, June 29, 2018 – 08:45
At a recent industry conference, Terry Spencer, head of natural gas infrastructure company ONEOK, made clear the direction the fracking industry was headed: “One of these days one of these big ol’ fracs will be operated with nobody there.”
Translation: Computers and robots are going to replace all human jobs at the oil and gas fracking sites of the future.
The fracking industry certainly has increased economic activity in America and created jobs within the industry. Less discussed, however, is the fact that the industry has consistently lost money on the wells it’s drilling and is heavily in debt. One way to address this structural problem in the industry’s finances is to eliminate high labor costs by replacing people with computers and robots.
Will fracking one day become profitable when companies shrink the human element from the labor equation? It seems much more likely. And the industry appears more than willing to find out.
A megapad consisting of 18 fracking wells is on Erie planning documents for Lafayette’s border with Erie on East County Line Road (119th) and Baseline Road, near the Great Bark Dog Park. Look for the Cornflower megapad on the map above.
The project — Parkdale Development – will consist of 642 homes and – less well-known – may include a proposed megapad fracking operation consisting of 18 wells. Yes, you heard right – 18 wells. To put this number into perspective, that pad will hold twice as many producing wells as the 9 working oil and gas wells within the city limits of Lafayette.
Why concentrate wells in one place? This is the new trend. Basically, you can extract oil and gas using a fraction of the purchased land. Unfortunately, you also have the potential for more concentrated waste and cancer-causing chemicals to potentially blow over the town, leak into the soil, and be dumped somewhere along with the wastewater.
KEN SALAZAR IS one of the most understated and unassuming political figures west of the Mississippi. He’s also one of the most powerful.
When he was chosen to head Hillary Clinton’s ill-fated transition team in August 2016, the Colorado Independent observed that Salazar was “about as entrenched in the Colorado Democratic establishment as one can be — a former attorney general and U.S. Senator … whom President Barack Obama appointed as secretary of the Department of Interior.” When he was considering a gubernatorial run in March 2017, the Denver Post described him as having “a fortune’s worth of contacts in Democratic politics.”
Researchers found strong correlation between winds from Weld County and increased levels of certain air pollutants