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Fun facts about Natural Gas

I was doing research on natural gas when I came across this website that listed quite a few facts. I picked out my favorites and pasted them below. To read more visit the link given.


-          Natural gas arrived in the home during the first century A.D. in Persia. It seeped from the ground and was ignited by lightning, producing an 'eternal flame' that burned day and night. Seeking to take advantage of this continuous heating source - and since pipelines wouldn't come around until the 1800's - the king of Persia built his royal kitchen next to it.

-          If all the natural gas pipelines in the U.S.  Were connected to each other they would stretch to and from the moon almost three times.

-          The Philadelphia Zoo uses natural gas to cool a greenhouse for a rare bird and one of the most endangered species in the world, the Micronesian Kingfisher.

-          Natural gas in its pure form is colorless and odorless. Utility companies add the smell of rotten eggs - a product called mercaptan - to make natural gas detectable.

-          There are approximately four million Americans employed either directly or indirectly by the natural gas industry - America's 'Blue Jobs.'  

-          Who uses the most natural gas? Power generators, which provide electricity to homes and businesses. In fact, it's estimated that more than 80 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas will be needed for power generation by the year 2030. To put this into perspective, 80 bcf/d of natural gas could power at least 400 million homes.

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What happens to the containers that fall off while at sea?

In today's economy, many of the things consumers purchase are quite possibly made over seas. Items such as, bedding, food, ceramics, valves, clothes and much more are being transported by sea in large containers everyday! The U.S. transports most of its stuff this way more than any other country in the world. Have you ever wondered what happens if they fall off the boat due to weather conditions?

According to May 2014, issue of the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, Andrew DeVogelaere writes,
"It might not surprise you that the container disrupted the natural system down there, but the animals adapted.

For example, the physical presence of the container provided a surface that immobile animals, such as barnacles, could latch on to, an elevated place from which predators could hunt and it affected the currents at the floor, as well as the types of animals that live in them."

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East coast opens for oil exploration

"The Obama administration is opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor."

What can be a dramatic fate for environmentalists may also be a transformation for all the coastal states in the area. The good news is that this opportunity will open up hundreds of new jobs to support the energy infrastructure. The down side stands with the people who rely on fisheries and tourism.

The procedure involves shooting off cannons that create a loud noise pollution in waters shared by whales, dolphins and turtles, sending sound waves many times louder than a jet engine reverberating through the deep every ten seconds for weeks at a time. According to research, these sound waves are what distracts the animals and cause the standings.  The purpose of these cannons is to find where the oil is underneath the ocean floor. "It's like a sonogram of the Earth," said Andy Radford, a petroleum engineer at the American Petroleum Institute"

"The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management acknowledged that thousands of sea creatures will be harmed even as it approved opening the outer continental shelf from Delaware to Florida to exploration."



Chinease oil rig is being moved

A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas and is being moved away from the area, more than two months after its deployment damaged relations with Hanoi. The Vietnamese coastguard said the $1-billion rig had been towed away from the contested waters. China's official Xinhua news agency said the rig would be relocated off the southernmost island province of Hainan. The rig's relocation could reduce tensions between the two neighbours after one of the worst breakdowns in ties since they fought a brief war in 1979.

China National Petroleum said, "the area has the basic conditions and potential for oil exploration, but extraction testing cannot begin before a comprehensive assessment of the data."