Trucking and Natural Gas

One of the most striking issues brought up in Gasland that I had never heard of before was the amount of trips that trucks make to/from any given gas well throughout its lifetime. Josh Fox put this number at above 5,000 trips, while the FracTracker Alliance, an organization that “shares maps, data, and analyses to communicate impacts of the global oil and gas industry,” estimates 2,300 to 4,000 trips per well at this link.

Besides the obvious concerns of the inevitable emissions and resource consumption associated with taking so many trips, problems like road safety and destruction of infrastructure also come into play. I’d be interested to see concrete numbers on fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and costs to taxpayers that all result from the absurd number of trips necessary to build and maintain a well.

2 thoughts on “Trucking and Natural Gas

  1. Hi Artur,

    This is an interesting consideration. I also can not help but wonder what the total cost is per well. From the surveying, the cutting tools, the bull-dozing of roads, the man hours, creation and maintenance of the well pad infrastructure, transportation of the fossil fuel, everything right down the line to the time the extracted fuel becomes useful energy to the consumer.

    Good observation. Write more!!!

  2. Hi Artur,
    You raise a good point. I am also interested in seeing a side-by-side of all the steps, materials, and costs are to discover/explore a well site, develop the land, drill the well, remove a thousand barrels of gas/oil, ship it to a refinery, ship it to the distribution station, and get it to my house/car to use as fuel VS. fabrication of a solar panel, distribution/shipping, and installation on a building roof top.

    Even just framing the question seems to suggest its own answers; especially with respect to costs to open space, water, air, and wild life.