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Environmental Protection Agency Signs Off On Hydraulic Fracturing By Brandon Davis

One of the most contentious issues surrounding the process of hydraulic fracturing (commonly called “fracking”) is the belief that it leads to groundwater contamination. Yet, according to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, the process “is perfectly capable of being clean.” Moreover, she agrees with U.S. President Barack Obama in that hydraulic fracturing can benefit the economy through job creation without sacrificing the environment.

Despite these and other compelling arguments, fears surrounding the procedure continue to drive a wedge between citizens, legislators, and gas-extracting operators. Nowhere has this confrontation been clearer than in New York State. Concerns about groundwater contamination in several towns have spurred the passage of recent anti-fracking legislation. The issue has become such a lightning rod that the New York Supreme Court recently ruled that local drilling in the town of Dryden should be prohibited. The ruling essentially constitutes a ban.

Below, Brandon Davis explain how hydraulic fracturing works, and present the concerns posed by critics of the procedure. He then takes a closer look at evidence suggesting their fears are unwarranted.

Brief Overview of Fracking: How It Works

The main purpose of fracking is to extract natural gas and oil from shale formations. The procedure represents a relatively recent advancement in technology, and has made gas and oil extraction economical. Back in the 1970s, before hydraulic fracturing was widely used, reaching deposits trapped within shale formations was cost-prohibitive. Today, due in large part to fracking, gas production in the United States is much higher. Many proponents of the process argue that it will help the U.S. reduce its reliance upon foreign oil imports.

A well is drilled thousands of feet below the surface to reach the layer of shale rock. It descends vertically until it reaches the shale formation.

More than a million gallons of water, along with sand and various chemicals are sent through the well. Most fracks contain 99% water and sand. This introduces a high level of pressure into the rock layer, which causes fissures to form. The sand keeps the fissures open, allowing natural gas to escape into the well through small perforations made in the steel casing. The gas flows from the well into a special container. The pressurized water is then removed and transported to a treatment center.

Concerns Regarding Potential Water Contamination

Swan Energy knows that primary concern posed by fracking critics is that groundwater – water found below the surface – is contaminated by the gas-extraction procedure. They particularly complaint is about contamination of water wells in highly-populated areas, since the general public is exposed to such wells. Critics allege that the chemicals added to wells escape from the casing, and thus jeopardize the safety of the public’s drinking water.

Arguments That Dispel Groundwater Contamination Fears

There are few, if any, reliable studies that clearly demonstrate the contamination argued by critics of hydraulic fracturing. In fact, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson testified in front of a House Oversight Committee in May 2011 that she was unaware of any documented cases showing such results. She stated, “I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.”

Additionally, Mr. Brandon Davis points to a report titled “Fact-Based Regulation For Environmental Protection In Shale Gas Development” that shows many of the issues attributed to fracking actually stem from other causes. The report’s authors demonstrated that if contamination occurs, it is due to poor well construction as opposed to the fracking procedure. Such problems can be found in all gas and oil drilling projects, implying that the focus on hydraulic fracturing is misplaced.

The Path Ahead For Hydraulic Fracturing

The industry is in favor of smart regulations that will improve the construction of wells, and thus minimize the likelihood of gas and fluid seepage. To that end, many operators are working with state legislators. The danger is that unwarranted concerns lacking factual support may prompt many states to impulsively pass laws banning fracking, despite its proven benefits. While the road ahead is uncertain, Ms. Jackson’s testimony and recent comments should prove helpful toward forging a reasonable path forward, say Brandon Davis of Swan Energy.

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Swan Energy Continues Drilling the Golden Trend Uplift of Oklahoma

Over the past several years Swan Energy, Inc., through and alongside their strategic partners, has benefited from a successful drilling program that targets the Bromide formation of the McClain County.

Historical Data Highlights of currently targeted sections in McClain County, Oklahoma:

Total BOE                                                                      550,221,750

Wells Drilled                                                                   4,575

Dry Holes                                                                       33

Completion %/(Geological Success)                                 92.7%

BOE Completion                                                             129,708

Avg. IP                                                                           146 BOPD

To date Swan Energy has drilled 17 wells in the Golden Trend, out of which 17 have found oil and/or natural gas: 12 wells are producing, and 4 close to completion.

“I am excited to announce the continuation of our latest exploration efforts in the Golden Trend of Oklahoma.  It is a 3-well project that will target the Bromide formations with back up zones in the Hunton, Viola and Deese Sands,” says CEO of Swan Energy Brandon Davis.

The Three Queens Joint Venture will drill three wells in the exploration area, starting with an offset to two of the better wells Swan Energy Inc. has drilled in McClain County, Oklahoma.   The first well being offset has already made 50,000 BOE out of the 1st Bromide, and has significant reserves in the Hunton, Viola and Hart Formations to be tapped.  The second well offsets a well that has made 12,000 BOE in the last 90 days from the Hunton/Viola formations.

“The Three Queen JV is getting an opportunity offset to wells we have already drilled and had success with.  Moreover Joint Venture partners have the opportunity to come on board with Swan Energy and our operator who combined have drilled over 35 wells in the immediate area, and have over a dozen more wells to be drilled by the years end.   This is a chance to participate with the leaders of exploration in McClain County, OK,” said John S. Herring, Director of Exploration, Swan Energy Inc.

 
 

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Swan Energy Explains Modern Horizontal Drilling Techniques

At Swan Energy we often talk about pools of oil, but in fact oil exists between the grains of porous rock broken up by faults. With the advancement of horizontal drilling combined with hydraulic fracturing the industry is able to be much more effective at extracting the oil from targeted rock formation.

Horizontal drilling starts off with a vertical well bore. When the bore gets near the target formation the drilling string then makes a 90-degree turn so that the well bore runs parallel to the target formation. Because of the flexibility in the drilling pipe at these lengths the drill string can be snaked through the target formation.

To learn more about horizontal drilling and fracturing go to: http://www.swanenergymedia.com/HZ

In the Wattenberg field the average horizontal well is 7,000 feet deep and then runs 4,000 feet horizontally according to Swan Energy.

These horizontal wells have a significant advantage over vertical wells. In some cases a 4,000 foot horizontal well bore can have as many as 16 perforations  resulting in extracting more oil in a shorter timespan throughout the target formation.

The modern technique of combining fracturing with horizontal drilling has opened up new discoveries throughout the continental United States — Eagleford, Bakken, and the recent discovery of the Wattenberg field. As with the Wattenberg, most of these hot new oil plays that we hear so much about have been known for decades.   It is only now with high oil prices and this new technology of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking that makes these fields significant oil plays.

This kind of drilling not only opens up new oil and gas fields, but it also gives the ability to have several wells drilled from one drilling pad site location. For example, Swan Energy estimates that on 1288-acre parcel of land it may be possible to drill 32 vertical wells. One horizontal multi-well pad site with horizontal wells could effectively extract as much oil and gas from the 1288 acre of land as the 32 vertical wells. For Brandon Davis and Swan Energy this significantly reduces cost, and has much less environmental impact on the surface.

To learn more about horizontal drilling and fracturing go to: http://www.swanenergymedia.com/HZ

To learn more about horizontal drilling and fracturing go to: http://www.swanenergymedia.com/HZ

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Oil and Gas Production

 

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Is an Oil Pipeline Planned in Oklahoma? By Brandon Davis

Is there an oil pipeline that is being planned for construction in Oklahoma, asks Brandon Davis of Swan Energy. According to KOCO in Oklahoma, three oil companies are planning a large scale pipeline that will provide the capacity of over 130,000 barrels daily transportation from multiple locations within the state. The pipeline is expected to connect to Cushing, OK, where there is a 1 million barrel oil storage terminal. Cushing is the largest US oil storage facility with an operational capacity of over 66 million barrels as indicated by the US Energy Dept.

The pipeline will provide jobs to the region and add to the ability to transfer larger volumes of crude oil from the Oklahoma oil fields to market. Production is expected to begin in this summer. For more information on this new pipeline development and construction, please read it here and here as well.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Oil and Gas Production

 

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Swan Energy completes another oil drilling at Boo 1-9

During the month of January, Swan Energy has set a goal of drilling 3 wells of the 22 wells it plans to drill this year. The Boo 1-9 is the 2nd well for the month of January. The first well was Moore 1-9. The Boo 1-9 oil project is a Three Tier Joint Venture well.

Click here for a full drilling update video from Swan Energy.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Oil and Gas Videos

 

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Brandon Davis and Swan Energy Raise Another Oil Derrick

Brandon Davis and Swan Energy raise another derrick, called Moore 1-9 this January, 2012 as Swan Energy Inc continues to explore and produce domestic energy opportunities in the United States.

This time-lapse video shot this month showcases the process and production involved with raising a derrick prior to drilling on this site.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Oil and Gas Videos

 

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