Frequently Asked Questions FAQS

Top Frequently Asked Questions

Fossil Fuels FAQS


Is it true that "fracking" is a 60-year-old, proven technology?


What determines whether development/extraction is conventional or unconventional?


Are there other stimulation processes used in extraction of unconventional resources?



Energy Transition FAQS


Isn't the full carbon footprint of wind and solar energy just as high as traditional fossil fuels?


Wind and solar produce electricity, but how do we reduce our dependence on oil for transportation?


Renewables are expensive. Won't switching to renewable energy resources cause electricity prices to soar?


What about the capital costs?


But substituting current energy demands with renewable energy will require a massive scaling-up of renewable capacity. Is it feasible?


But don't we need just as much fossil fuel capacity to "back up" intermittent wind and solar generation?


Don't renewables hurt the environment too? What about bird mortality?


Doesn't wind energy require more maintenance and frequent replacement of turbines?


Climate Science FAQS


I've heard several different numbers for the global warming potential of methane. What does global warming potential mean and what is the correct value for methane?


We need to dramatically cut CO2 emissions, why is everyone talking about methane?


Wellbore Integrity FAQS

PSE first shined a light on wellbore integrity issues back in 2011. Since then, a number of industry 'experts' have attempted to discredit our research with a variety of erroneous assertions and confusion over terms used when discussion well and wellbore integrity. The following aims to clarify the finer details of the wellbore integrity issue in unconventional oil and gas wells.

Assertion 1: Sustained Casing Pressure (SCP)does not reflect an impairment; pressure build-up may result from normal temperature fluctuations during production


Assertion 2: Wellbore integrity failure is a rare event. In fact, GWPC (2011) and King & King (2013) report rates of less than 0.5%.

Misinformation in the Media

This platform will address misinformation and misdirection commonly found in popular media, the blogosphere, and in industry advertising. Updates to content will be made as we are alerted to claims which need to be fact checked.

Have you come across a claim that you need fact checked? Email Us.


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