Slant drilling under the lakes again under debate.

A local oil/gas producer has shed some light. At this point I would prefer to leave his name off the page, as he is a customer as well. He claims there is approx 8 Billion bbls they are aware of, that could be accessed from under our lakes with slant drilling. That does not include the additional LNG they are looking at as well. Getting to it however, is more difficult than merely having the appropriate equipment, but requires consensus of the states in the great lakes basin. One legislator in Wisconsin is attempting to push forward drilling.

Mackinac Center Russ Harding joined Hugh McDiarmid on “The Frank Beckmann Show”for a discussion of directional drilling and what we might gain from it. The SFE blog points out rightly that a main concern that is now put forward “Aesthetic pollution” is NOT a significant enough primary reason to put the brakes on drilling. “We are at the end of the pipeline” Russ explained, and as oil must travel great distances to get to Michigan, Russ’s point of lowering the risk of environmental hazard exposure by harvesting oil locally should be taken into consideration.

Overriding fears of “leakage” from drilling operations is one we need to take seriously. However, though the processes do need to be vetted, technological advances in the petroleum industry have provided us with safe oil drilling practices as shown by platforms which successfully withstood hurricanes, and other potential disasters. Michigan could gain a bit from adding TO the oil supply, and becoming part of the solution to our national security and providing more oil, which has become vital to quite literally EVERYTHING we do.

3 comments for “Slant drilling under the lakes again under debate.

  1. brokengov't
    August 14, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    The expertise and technology for safe, clean, friendly and necessary drilling and extraction has grown like the technology for computers, cell phones and video games. Long ago, people were scared of automobiles and many laws were passed to restrict their use. (someone had to walk in front of the vehicle for it to cross a bridge etc) Some of these laws are still on the books! Howeve, due to pubic interest and demand for this product, it was finally accepted and became mainstream. What in our lives has not changed dramatically in the last 10 years? Even in the last 2 to 3 years there are new products, processes and technologies that here-to-for were unknown. The oil production industry is no different. What was, is no more. The industry is state-of-the-art and cutting edge. The public and government is still back in the “hand crank starter” era. The main obstacle for great lakes drilling are the “Nimby’s and Banana’s”. Fuel is expensive and could go much higher. “Why doesn’t someone do something?” is the cry! Whoa, don’t do it around me! The “what if” crowd has got to grow up and get a life. Chicken Little didn’t ever have it right, ever!

  2. August 14, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I send Debbie Stabenow an e-mail about a month ago asking
    if she would support drilling in the Great Lakes…..still waiting for my reply 😉

  3. August 15, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I think silence IS her reply, Joan!


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