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    Senor Unoball

    "On the one hand, she's a former petroleum engineer who worked on the Trans-Alaska pipeline and has actually fracked an oil well."

    Are you sure?

    She only worked with Mobil for three years and only in Oklahoma. And since Hydraulic fracturing was not being used successfully until 1998 and she left Mobil in '81 I doubt she fracked an oil well

    Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

    by jsfox on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 11:45:20 AM PDT

    •  Umm, hydraulic fracturing has been used (4+ / 0-)

      for decades before that.

      And I assume "successfully" (or why would they have been doing it?)

    •  In her own testimony... (10+ / 0-)

      ...she said she did both:

      Jewell tried throughout her confirmation hearing Thursday to strike a middle ground. She spoke repeatedly of her desire to balance development and conservation and embrace an “all of the above” energy strategy that includes oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear power and renewables.

      She emphasized her resource development bona fides: Jewell has a mechanical engineering degree and worked for Mobil Oil, now Exxon Mobil, in Oklahoma and Colorado for four years after college. She told the senators Thursday that she worked on elements of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline and was involved with the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of a well. She left Mobil Oil in 1981 and spent the next 19 years in commercial banking in the Seattle area before becoming an executive at the outdoor clothing and equipment retailer REI, headquartered in Kent, Wash.

      As for the timing of hydraulic fracking, here's a photo from the Society of Petroleum Engineers' Hydraulic Fracking: History of an Enduring Technology:
      On March, 17, 1949, Halliburton conducted the first two commercial fracturing
       treatments in Stephens County, Oklahoma, and Archer County, Texas.
      There were 332 successful treatments in the next 12 months, and in the 1950s, treatments rose to 3,000 a month.
      The first one-half-million-pound fracturing job in the free world was performed in October 1968, by Pan American Petroleum Corporation (later Amoco, now BP) in Stephens County, Oklahoma.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 12:11:45 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks MB (1+ / 0-)
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        elements of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline
        This might not mean she actually worked on the pipeline, which had been completed by the time she graduated college.

        It could very well mean that she worked as a Mobile design engineer, helping design or maintain pipeline components. Manufacturing valves or other parts, for example.

        •  She graduated in '78 but she might... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...have had a job before that (or an internship) with Mobil before graduating. Or it could be as you say.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 12:25:08 PM PDT

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          •  I too Graduated in '78 (0+ / 0-)

            here on the west coast, strongly remember classmates seeking out and working summer jobs all over the place.  Classmates of mine worked Alaskan Salmon fishing, doing wildlife survey's where ANWAR now is and one buddy who studied Caribou on the North slope while the pipeline was being built.

            We were all either wildlife, fisheries, oceanography, engineering or natural resource majors at Humboldt State in the mid 70's. That's what folks did in order to get their feet in the door to get a job when we graduated.  Now most of those classmates are beginning to retire from their jobs as land managers all over the nation and internationally also.  for the last 35 years we have done the day to day work of restoring the wildlife habitat, studying endangered species and protecting wild places. Nominee's Jewell very likely worked as an under grad during her summer's on the North slope of Alaska doing the grunt work needed such as working on a survey crew pulling chain along the pipeline route or some such activities in Alaska, many folks did in the 70's.

            Life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be experienced.

            by DarkHawk98 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 09:48:41 PM PDT

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      •  Then my error in the bio I read. (1+ / 0-)
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        Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

        by jsfox on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 12:37:31 PM PDT

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      •  Wow, Halliburton was hard at work (3+ / 0-)
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        fucking things up way back when.

        File that in the category of "the more things change, the more they stay the same" I suppose.

    •  Current use of the word fracking refers to (2+ / 0-)
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      horizontal wells that are repeatedly fractured along the whole length and propped open for natural gas extraction. That is a very different scenario from the old practice of limited zones of fracture of typical vertical oil wells where the rock face had become plugged by deposits or microbial growth. Gas executives obfuscate the discussion all the time playing with  the word fracking since most of us use that to refer to the entire process of horizontal gas well drilling and extraction using millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals but the gas industry apologists use it to mean only the actual fracturing so they can quote far less scary numbers unless called out on it like I am trying to do here RBG.

      I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

      by OHdog on Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 01:53:55 PM PDT

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