CALGARY, Alberta – A group of scientifical geologists with the Canadian Geofantasy Network are postulating a theory that is starting to gain traction within wider geology and scientific communities around the world.
The radical new theory, appropriately coined as the Porosity Exchange Theory (or PET), hypothesizes that as porosity is created in oil and gas reservoirs during the hydraulic fracturing process, the Earth’s atmosphere shrinks in size, in accordance to the age-old Universal Law of Porosity Conservation.
Dr. James Ike Zachary Gargle, the head of the group of researchers at the CGN attempts to explain,
“We all understand very well that hydraulic fracturing creates space (also know as porosity) in oil and gas reservoirs, but many people don’t know where that space came from, until now.
Our research has shown that for every unit volume of porosity created through fracking, an equal unit volume of volume is removed from the earth’s atmosphere.
And once our results have been validated by a 3rd party, we can safely conclude that continued fracking poses a significant risk to life on earth as the atmosphere will ultimately shrink to nothing.” – Dr. Gargle, P.Geo.
According to literature published to date by the team at CGN, this concept can have far reaching impacts as the industry continues to exploit oil and gas reservoir through fracking. The team is currently attempting to experimentally prove this theoretical concept using a series of balloons with complex simulation models.
In one experiment the team placed thousands of balloons, whose volumes were carefully calibrated for temperature and elevation-related atmospheric pressure, in a space predicted by the simulation models. After a number of carefully executed nearby hydraulic fracking operations, the scientists then collected the balloons, brought them to a lab, recalibrated them for ambient temperatures and pressures, and remeasured their volumes.
Much to their surprise, the group found that a small number of the balloons, typically less than 3% of them, would have volumes that were considerably less than pre-fracking volumes. After correlating the newly-created fracture porosity with the decrease in balloon volume over a statistically significant number of tests, the team concluded that the PET must be true.
Opponents to the research don’t believe that the measurement techniques employed by the researchers are valid.
“This study is nonsense. I was at one of their tests in the suburbs of Stettler, Alberta and it was very clear to me that they were not taking care and due diligence collecting their data. For one, the balloons were tied in such a manner that leaks are very likely, in which case the entire basis to the study is garbage. Idiots.” – Dan Rhettner, farmer near Stettler
Dr. Gargle and his team refused to comment on the critical feedback of their work, other than to say via email, “According to the Conservation of Universal Porosity Theory, our hypothesis must be right, and we will find a way to prove it – because you can’t just make space out of nothing!”