John Hopkins on Tue, 20 May 2014 14:27:08 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> tensions within the digest [x5: geer, riemens, carvalho, mcgee, bard]

I'd be curious to hear how Haliburton/BlackWater fits in this
'monopoly' model.

Well, among other things, Halliburton has patented certain fracking
technologies -- although I have not explored the technical details, so
I can't say exactly how restrictive their patent may be on the overall
progress of fracking these days -- you can be sure that because they
are extensively licensing the process/technology, they would be in a
very handsome monopoly position. The big oil brotherhood is rather
small, so I suspect infringement would not be done on a wide scale, as
it would be easily 'found out'.

Interesting to note that initial fracking research was gov't funded...

Dr. John Hopkins, BSc, MFA, PhD
on the road one last time before settling down ...

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