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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pennsylvania General Energy Gets Permits For 6 New Gas Wells In Roulette Area

6 New Gas Wells Approved
Permits were granted this week by PA DEP for 6 more horizontal oil and gas wells to be drilled by Pennsylvania General Energy on Fisk Hollow in the Roulette area.

19 comments :

Anonymous said...

... HORIZONTAL OIL and gas wells ...

HORIZONTAL - to get to where people can't, won't or refuse to lease.

OIL - in prep for the oil extraction AFTER the gas is removed.

Anonymous said...

6 wells? Whoopety ding dong. Other companies drill that many in a week. PGE is slowwww and hard to deal with.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how our deed states ingress, egress, and regress for the removal of gas, oil, and minerals for the digging, mining, and carrying away the same. However, it states nothing about coming onto our property to do seismic testing on shale. Once again the property owner has been bamboozled.

Anonymous said...

IF you signed a lease that states the above, it is a pretty safe bet that if it was with PGE, they consider finding the pockets of gas part of the removal of gas process. On a similar note, if you did sign same lease, it will be in your benefit for them to find the best pockets of gas on your lease, so stop whining...
Regarding HORIZONTAL boring, they are not necessarilly trying to get at others peoples gas, it is the the best way to retrieve gas embedded in the layer of shale to follow that layer horizontally and fracturing it along that line then to drill straight down through it and only touch a limited amount of that layer...

If you educate yourself before you open your pie hole, you will not look so ignorant...

Anonymous said...

Start stocking up on your bottled water now!!!

Anonymous said...

Just where are they going to get the water from to frack these wells ???
If it is from fishing creek,the water is too low now and there will be a lot of dead fish !!!!! Where is DEP and the PA Fish and Boat Com to oversee this stuff ??

Solomon's words for the wise said...

PGE is drilling test wells on the Kaple property next to the Allegheny River where they hope to get enough water to pump over to Route 6 where they can load tank trucks to provide water to frack these wells. Roulette Township has also quoted a price to supply water from an old municipal well or the effluent from the sewer plant. They won't be taking water out of Fishing Creek.

Anonymous said...

"Where is DEP and the PA Fish and Boat Com to oversee this stuff"?

Deep in the pockets of the oil companies.

What fish they don't kill by withdrawing the water, they will kill by dumping the brine!

Anonymous said...

"where are they going to get the water from to frack these wells ???
If it is from fishing creek,the water is too low now and there will be a lot of dead fish"!

It's not just drying up the creeks that kill fish, but withdrawing all the cold water (in the upstream sections) will warm the water beyond what the fish can handle. Just raising the water temp a few degrees can kill the trout off. It's not just about drying the creeks up, but warming them up also does damage.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Although PGE is now partnered with Exxon-Mobil, up to this point, they have acted responsibly with their drilling, repaired roads they damaged and are trying to do it right. They are investing millions to do the seismic survey to determine the best places to drill. They contacted landowners last winter to get permission to go on peoples property to do the testing. There's a good chance if the good guys do it the right way, that the gas can be harvested without completely ruining the environment. If they cut corners and cheat, then the results will be bad. One thing for sure, the drillers are coming, the good ones and the bad ones.

Anonymous said...

There is regulation in order to withdraw water. Companies are not permitted to just run a hose to a stream and withdraw any amount they desire.

As far as dumping brine back in the water. What an idiotic and uneducated comment. I guess you don't know that many companies now recycle their brine water. Water is a very limited commodity and they realize this. They don't dump brine back into the rivers like you say.

Anonymous said...

We have had the testing guys on our property..we do not own our G/O Rights but have had no problem with them. They have kept us well informed and aked for any concerns we might have with seismic testing. As of now no complaints, sure hope it stays that way.

Anonymous said...

Well--obviously, my interpretation of my deed is completely different than PGE's version. We gave NO permission to any of their cohorts to come on our property, but they came on anyway. Exploration and testing isn't digging, mining or carrying away. AND how does PGE get away with flying the helicopters under the 500' minimum level set by the FAA. It wasn't an emergency or military act.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see these comments about the water in the Roulette area. But to take you back a couple of years when they drilled the well up here on Route 6, the message we got was that they hit a vane large enough to keep
us in natural gas for about a century. Well why are they still drilling away ? How much is enough ?
Has anyone given it a thought that perhaps a couple of years from now they have so much gas that " Oh now we need a big pipeline !!!!?"
and if the water is coming out of the Allegany - what is all that plastic pipe lined up on the lower
branch by the bridge near the Barney residence headed up the hill ??? That is a concern to me. And if you have a clear and just answer I think we want to hear it. Right now I think that all I see is - Dollar signs and get rich quick. I'm not against anyone getting rich but I do care about our water supply for all of us and our next generation. Thank-you for your time.

Jonathan Huff said...

Jim, not that it is a major issue, I feel that a correction is in order. The township has entered into agreements with Triana Energy for water withdrawal, not PGE. Not to say that there will not be agreements entertained from them in the future, but if they get permits from the DEP to drill more than test wells, they will have all the water they need.
As for the warming the water comment, all of the energy companies now must follow DEP guidelines for permitting water withdrawal for their Marcellus fracturing.I have recently been involved in part of that permitting process and one of the things that is carefully watched and scrutinized pertains to the warming of the water, so it is something that is taken into account in the process.

Anonymous said...

I can hear them drilling up behind my house right now! Sounds like money to me and I can't wait 'till they get a well on my property. You locals should be glad it is PGE running these operations.

Anonymous said...

I assume these are the 6 wells approved on 6-30-10. They had 2 more approved on 7-21 for the same area. Good luck and keep drilling.

Anonymous said...

Did anybody see the latest news on water withdrawls?

The ADP lawyers reviewed the law and discovered that ALL water withdrawls are illegal. The DEP has no authority to issue water withdrawl permits! All water withdrawls are against the law. Only riparian land owners who own land bordering a creek or stream may take water for "reasonable use" on their own property.
None may be taken to sell or give to oil drillers.

Water withdrawls is an illegal activity. Please report them all to the property authorities. And make record of them with your cameras!

We need to stop this harmful activity before all our fisheries die!

Removing large quantities of water (hundreds of millions of gallons) warms the creeks, streams and rivers beyond what game fish can handle. We don't need more carp streams in north western Pa!

Anonymous said...

Did anybody see 60 minutes on Sunday about the coal ash problems.One thing they failed to mention was the airborn ash fallout that lands on our watersheds contaminated with heavy metals.That ash needs to be classified as hazardous waste.Please watch this segment We need to convert to Nat Gas.http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6775608n&tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea.3