A few days ago I was stalking some industrial/technical fossil fuel sites when I read warnings coming from within the industry sounding an alarm about cement. If you left the remote across the room you may not be able to avoid one of those industry propaganda adverts that tell you how wonderful and safe it will be to dig up carbon and throw it in the air, they often include a microsecond view of a drawing showing how pipes extend below the ground water and cement is pumped in around the pipes to seal off the gas and chemicals rise to the surface or the water table. And, in perfect advertising logic, since they have a nice drawing of it, and the lady smiles, then that’s all the proof you need. Right? Some in the industry are saying the cement will fail, it must fail, that’s the law of cement physics, and when (not if) it will allow gas and chemicals (in the event they did not already rise as we know they are doing in many locations) will percolate to the surface. Fracking is a disaster now, it will continue to be a disaster for decades to come as the cement seals fail with age.
Can anyone dispute the fact that gaskets and seals fail, be it on your engine block, garage door, or a glob of cement a mile down surfing the pressurized caustic earthquake and tectonic wave action in the earths fluidic crust? All this is OK if you’re an oil company, or an absentee land owner living high off the lease payments.