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Friday, August 7, 2009

Horizontal Drilling In Marcellus Will Allow 6 Wells on One Pad

Drilling company seeks to reduce footprint
By DAVID THOMPSON - dthompson@sungazette.com
Lock Haven Express
Officials from Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. said they are confident the development of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation in Central Pennsylvania - specifically in a three-county area - will have a positive financial impact on the state and the company.

"Clinton, Lycoming and Centre counties are a focus area for us," said company spokesman Matt Carmichael. "It is our hope that our production of gas resources will have a great benefit for the Commonwealth and our shareholders."

The company has completed the drilling of one horizontal gas well near Snow Shoe and is drilling two others on state forest land in Clinton County, one of which is in Grugan Township, near Pine Creek.

The Snow Shoe site has yet to be hydrofractured, a process in which pressurized water, sand and chemicals are pumped into the well to pulverize shale and release the gas trapped within it.

The company hosted a media tour Thursday at the Grugan Township site, which features a state-of-the art drilling rig operated by Canada-based Precision Drilling Trust.

The rig is able to "walk" on the well pad, moving up to 90 feet in six-foot "steps," according to rig manager Raymond Drover. More...

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

could this be the foot found in the landfill?

Anonymous said...

If one of those platforms goes on private property, I hope the lease has a clause including a spud fee paid for EACH hole drilled.