Expert geologist says test drilling for natural gas in Davie Basin is a joke

But hey, why listen to an expert geologist when you can listen to a full-of-baloney ideologue like Andrew Brock?

Paul Thayer has a pretty good idea what the Davie shale basin holds. After all, the 6-mile wide by 4-6-mile long shale basin was the subject of his dissertation for his doctorate in geology from UNC Chapel Hill, making him the only geologist around who has studied it extensively. Asked to weigh in on a proposal for the state to pay for test drilling in the basin, Thayer delivered a blunt response: “My take is, No. 1, that would be a total waste of taxpayer money,” said Thayer, now a professor emeritus of geology at UNC Wilmington. “It’s a pie-in-the-sky thing.”

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Pretty sure that was supposed to be already happening

I may be wrong, but I was under the impression hog farmers had agreed to try to develop swine gas on their own, to keep regulators off their back about the lagoon problems.

But your premise is correct. With millions of hogs being raised in NC, it's a huge potential resource.

Just wanted to add:

Methane is several times worse than Co2 as a greenhouse gas. By capturing and burning it as a heat source for power plants, the amount of methane that reaches the atmosphere is greatly reduced. Right now, those lagoons are venting most of that methane straight up. That's my understanding, anyway.

yep

you got it right - something like 20 times the greenhouse effect of CO2. Better to burn it and generate CO2 (and electricity) than to let it go up in the air like we're doing now.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Right on target

I'm shocked that the extreme property rights absolutists and libertarians aren't up in in arms over this...

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

This would be the same NC GOP

who continually scream, "We've got to stop all this wasteful government spending!"

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014