Guest “one word away from real news” by David Middleton

If this was about the Delaware Basin, this wouldn’t be fake news.

The Delaware River Basin Commission followed the lead of Vermont in banning hydraulic fracturing (frac’ing) in a place where there is neither any oil & gas production, nor any significant hydrocarbon potential.

Delaware River Basin Commission bans fracking

by: Varvara Budetti

Posted: Feb 25, 2021

WEST TRENTON, NEW JERSEY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) has finalized a rule banning high-volume hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, in the basin.

The Delaware River Basin extends much of the length of Eastern Pennsylvania.


PA Home Page

Here’s a map of Pennsylvania oil & gas wells and the Delaware River Basin:

Pennsylvania Oil & Gas wells (PA DEP) and Delaware River Basin (PA Home Page)

The two main “shale” plays in Pennsylvania are the Marcellus (Devonian) and the Utica (Ordovician) formations.

Marcellus/Utica stratigraphic column (Geology.com)

If you open up the image below and zoom in on the Marcellus and Utica plays, it might appear that some of the Utica play does fall into the Delaware River Basin.

Lower 48 “Shale” Plays (EIA)

However, looks can be deceiving. The image below is a structure map on the top of the Utica formation. The shading indicates thermal maturity: Light green is oil prone, pink is wet gas prone, orange is dry gas prone and light violet is over-mature (the rocks cooked too long). The tan areas are where Ordovician rocks outcrop at the surface.

Utica Gas/Oil Play Map (EIA)

The Delaware River forms the boundary between Pennsylvania and New York, New Jersey and Delaware. The vast majority of the Delaware River Basin is east of the Utica (Ordovician) outcrops.

Geologic Map of Pennsylvania (PA DCNR). Click to enlarge.

Marcellus and Utica prospectivity ends rather abruptly at a series of thrust (reverse) faults, related to the Alleghanian Orogeny. The Marcellus is no longer present on the up-thrown (east) side of the thrust faults, it was eroded away a long time ago. The older Utica does outcrop east of the hanging wall, exposed on the limbs of a breached anticline. This cross-section tells the story, but it is too complicated to post as an image.. The schematic cross-section below provides a general picture:


The frac’ing ban in the Delaware River Basin is rated as fake news. It would have been fracking hilarious fake news if these Democrat idiots thought they had actually banned frac’ing in the Delaware Basin.

via Watts Up With That?


March 3, 2021 at 08:29AM