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Comment Re:Sounds iffy (Score 3, Interesting) 237

Yes, but if that's truly the case, then where precisely are the chemicals coming from that are making the water flammable?

It's not the chemicals that make water flammable, but methane.

Of course methane exists in the shale where they're fracking, but it can also exist at various layers of the ground above the shale. Pretty much anywhere organic material is decomposing, methane can exist. I would bet that the origin of any methane found in drinking water is likely above the shale. It's possible that the seismic activity caused by fracking disturbs the ground high above, releasing methane into a nearby water source. But in some places methane is just emitted naturally; in the old days, people could take advantage of relatively shallow methane as a fuel source.

Comment Re:Passports and Visas (Score 1) 629

A Visa was only required to 'Enter' the destination country. As Snowden was never going to enter Russia (transit lounges are no-mans land) he didn't need one.

"If you are transiting through one international airport in Russia, and will depart again in 24 hours to an onward international destination, without leaving the customs zone, Russian law does not require you to have a transit visa." -

Meaning, if you are there for > 24h, you need a visa. And they are not issued on-the-spot.

Comment Re:what happened with the coal? (Score 1) 294

> there are other places we can get it cheaper.

You might be able to /get/ it cheaper elsewhere, but factor in the cost of transport and you lose. The northeast is the largest consumer of natural gas in the US. Lots of gas exists in the west. Transporting that gas costs money. That's why there's a large price differential in the price of natural gas between those two geographies. And that's what makes Marcellus so valuable: it's close to the demand center.

> your fossil fuel ideas wont work here

The post you're replying to isn't arguing that gas is the be-all-and-end-all solution for energy. He's stating that in his area, the local economy is boosted, and this is a Good Thing. Local economies are often cyclical, and not participating in an industry because it will (will, not might) go away some day does not seem like a good reason not to support it.

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