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Friday, November 26, 2010

Penn Virginia To Drill Gas Wells In Coudersport Borough

Shale Gas Drilling Planned In Coudersport Borough

hydrofracpondsResidents of the county seat will gain a greater understanding of the far-reaching impact of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in the coming months as one of the more active energy companies in the region moves forward with its ambitious plans.

Penn Virginia Corporation has been issued permits to drill two deep gas wells in Coudersport Borough. Location is in the Niles Hill area. The Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), which issued the drilling permits, refers to the sites as Northeast Timberlands A 1H and A 2H. Penn Virginia is also drilling three wells in Allegany Township, north of Coudersport, two on the Risser farm and a third on the Dunn farm.

Company officials held a meet-and-greet session in Potter County last month for emergency service providers and community leaders. They’ll be meeting again with the Potter County Department of Emergency Services staff in early December.

Penn Virginia Corporation will be one of the bigger players in the region, with ambitious plans for gas production in townships surrounding Coudersport, including a major lease of state forest land. The company submitted the high bid of $13.9 million on 3,640 acres in Eulalia and Roulette townships. The state will also receive 18 percent of production royalties.

During the same round of state forest land leasing, Seneca Resources of Houston, Texas, was high bidder on 7,440 acres between Denton Hill and Fox Hill, offering $23.3 million.

Here is a breakdown of the Marcellus Shale gas well permits issued for Potter County as of Nov. 20: West Branch Township, 16; Pleasant Valley Township, 13; Sweden Township, 8; Abbott Township, 7; Clara Township, 7; Hector Township, 3; Allegany Township, 3; Wharton Township, 3; Coudersport Borough, 2; Sharon Township, 1; Hebron Township, 1.

Ultra Resources Inc. is the most active company in Potter County with the 23 permits in West Branch and Abbott Townships. Pennsylvania General Energy has received 13 drilling permits in Pleasant Valley, 7 in Clara, and 3 in Wharton. Seneca Resources has been issued 8 permits for Sweden Township. Other local players are Triana Energy LLC, 3 in Hector; J-W Operating Company, 1 in Sharon; and Guardian Exploration LLC, 1 in Hebron.

Drilling activity has been much more intense in the counties east of Potter, particularly in Bradford County, but there are signs of an escalated drilling schedule in Tioga County in the coming months.


28 comments :

Mr Sarcastic said...

Killing 2 birds with one stone!! We get a gas well drilled to make our home heating cheaper and a new town pool!!! I'm certain that the frac water pond can be used for swimming since the drilling companies have "assured" us that the water is harmless.

Anonymous said...

The numbers are much higher then."Pleasant Valley, 7"
The maze to get accurate figures is difficult to navigate.

Pleasant Valley is a good example.
I counted over 130 Oil and Gas well permits issued for Pleasant Valley (not all recent not all Marcellus)and then stopped counting...
Here is a resource to give a better idea of how many wells have been and will be drilled.

step 1: Go here to the (DEP) efacts Authorization Search Screen.

http://www.ahs2.dep.state.pa.us/eFACTSWeb/criteria_auth.aspx

Step 2:Drop down "Application type"to
"NEW"
Step 3:Drop down "County"to
"Potter"
Step 4:Drop down "Municipality" to
"Pleasant Valley Township"
Step 5:Don't change any other fields and click search

LB

Anonymous said...

Let us hope and pray that our borough council and township supervisors are on top of this.

Anonymous said...

These numbers are Marcellus wells only. Potter County has had hundreds and hundreds of other gas wells drilled over the years. This is a whole new ballgame. I think the numbers are accurate in this summary of Marcellus Shale wells.

Anonymous said...

I would like to welcome Penn Virginia to Potter County! I look forward to meeting your employees and doing business with them.

A local business owner.

Anonymous said...

The number of wells I know about approved are considerably higher than what is posted in this article.

Go to this site, give $20.00 to be a member then you can see all the wells:

http://www.rlstore.com/potter.html

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting and it is information I have been waiting for. Thanks to Jim for digging out this information and reporting it here.

Anonymous said...

11:12 that is a commercial site so nice little free advertising plug you put here. I think your confusing traditional wells with the Marcellus Shale deep well drilling permits issued.

Anonymous said...

many drilling rigs use only air and water, no chemicals to drill!

Anonymous said...

"11:12 that is a commercial site so nice little free advertising plug you put here. I think your confusing traditional wells with the Marcellus Shale deep well drilling permits issued."

Dear Mr. Mrs. Obvious,

Yes it is a commercial site and one that I have no financial interest in other then being a member. Also, I am not confusing traditional wells with Marcellus wells. Give the guy 20.00 bucks, become a member, get some education and up to date information about deep wells.

4NATGAS

Anonymous said...

Here is current info off of that "commercial" site: West Branch 16, Pleasant 17, Sweden 8, Abbot 16, Clara 6, Hector 5, Allegany 3, Wharton 3, Boro+Eulalia 5, Sharon 2 and Hebron 4.

Those are currently approved Marcellus Wells in the area, updated today.

4NATGAS

Anonymous said...

heres a tidbit of information for you.the gas that is coming out of these wells isnt for pa.they will pipeline it to mississippi where they will process it.turn it to a liquid then freeze it.from there it will be placed on a cargo or tanker ship and exported.once the laws of supply and demand really kick in.we will see even higher nat gas prices.so who wins not us.now the well on niles hill if that has a blowout what do you think is going to happen? i dont know if the councilmen or supervisors have any idea what to do in that case.best thing to do is get informed ask questions and always be ready in case of an emergency.its time for pa to make some regulations to keep the commonwealth safe.i'm not against drilling we just need some true facts because i'm sure not everything is as what it seems.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Sarcastic, the water in these impoundments is full of river water. Funny how when it flows down the river it is a pristine stream but when it is put into an impoundment it is contaminated.

12:37, most of the pipelines installed for the Marcellus gas to the east of Potter county are placed to transport gas to the east coast. There are pipelines installed to transport gas to NY state and the Public Service Commission is already reviewing information to approve transferring gas across state lines. I guess that wouldn't be happening if it was going to Mississippi.

Also, natural gas is at it lowest (under $4) that it has been in years and landowners are still making millions. Imagine how much that will be when the price goes up?

Anonymous said...

You have to remember that "LB" is on a rampage to stop drilling and as usual will submit her half-truth's as facts. Just another perfect example of her only going so far into something to uncover what she wants out of it, rather than gathering all of the facts before she opens her mouth...

Anonymous said...

Not stop it, bring oversight to it.

Stop making things up, you look like a fool when you do that.

Anonymous said...

There are many more Marcellus wells that didn't make that list. There are Marcellus wells in Roulette and Keating also.

Anonymous said...

Don't pay 20 bucks to get ANY of this information, your state tax dollars are already documenting this activity.

It can be found HERE:

step 1: Go here to the (DEP) efacts Authorization Search Screen.

http://www.ahs2.dep.state.pa.us/eFACTSWeb/criteria_auth.aspx

Step 2:Drop down "Application type"to "NEW"
Step 3:Drop down "County"to
"Potter"
Step 4:Drop down "Municipality" to
"Pleasant Valley Township"
Step 5:Don't change any other fields and click search


There are 19 pages of permits for Pleasant Valley ranging from Drill and Operate well to Water obstruction and encroachment permit.

ALL permit applications for pleasant Valley. And it's taxpayer supported.

Anonymous said...

lets see my name isnt LB and the information i have came from a reliable and industry source.as far as the pipelines we have lines that come from the south pass through here and then to the east coast .i would make a bet thats not that hard to reverse the flow on them.the gas companies are not as dumb as you think.another tidbit for you the marcellus is one of two shale formations under us the next has an even bigger supply then marcellus does.the information i have says that marcellus has enough gas to supply the world for three years.thats alot of gas.drilling is here to stay but that doesnt mean we shouldnt have regulations to protect us too.if we let the drillers do what they want we will pay for it in the end.we should have it regulated and made safe for our children.they are the ones that will be left to clean up the mess.

Anonymous said...

You'll see the gas drilling take off as soon as the new governor takes office. The gas companies already paved the way with bribes. So quit your crying and hang on for the gas well express to arrive.

Anonymous said...

COOL BEANS!!! The land/lease owner in Coudersport Boro will have a higher income and pay out higher taxes!!!

Anonymous said...

If you want to stop the drilling,buy the land and or gas rights and control it.Don't try to control other peoples property. I am sure most of the anti's don't own a acre of gas rights.You sound like a very jealous imbacil.

Anonymous said...

No one's trying to stop the drilling dude.

Anonymous said...

The lack of space bar use in some of these posts is really disturbing.

Anonymous said...

To :10:53:00 "I am sure most of the anti's don't own a acre of gas rights.You sound like a very jealous imbacil."
WE "imbacils" live downstream from people who choose to inject hazardous chemicals into their ground.Can you insure the hazardous chemicals injected into their ground,will not leach beyond their property and into ours?

Anonymous said...

It is a shame that Penn Virginia doesn't pay more attention to their traffic control on SR 49, how long will it be before we have a serious accident on 7 bridges hill ? PSP Please take note !

Anonymous said...

All I know is that if I didn't have kids in school here I would be moving immediately. Potter County is beautiful but I can see it turning into a real s**t hole as more and more marcellus shale pad sites are put in.
I see higher crime, higher pollution (water, soil, trash along roads, etc.), road damage, overburdened schools, higher taxes, and the natural beauty destroyed.... have you SEEN a marcellus shale pad? You can't "reclaim" that. Am I an anti - hell yeah - I'm not making millions of dollars off my lease. How many leasers say "I'll just move away if my property is destroyed" Guess what,,. those of us downstream won't have that option. Sue baby sue!

Anonymous said...

Re:Sue baby sue
I can see that happening,there may be lawyers willing to take on a class action law suit based on
The Pennsylvania Constitution. It states:
Section 27. Natural Resources and the Public Estate
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.

When your neighbors sign leases,They knowingly reduce
your natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of your property.

They knowingly effect your property value and your property's scenic and esthetic value.

Many people are put in a position of having an upside down mortgage.
Causing property values to decline, lower then the amount owed.Partly due to the fear of contaminated water
in addition causes devaluation because of the diminished esthetics they caused by signing a lease.
Many,already struggling families in Potter will have to bare that burden.

The ones that leased can move on.

They can leave the devalued property of their neighbors,polluted water,fragmented forest and environmental mess behind.

Anonymous said...

8:08:00 AM
Really?
Is Potter County the only place that has schools?
Our schools are going to be overburdened?
They are underburdened now, enrollments are so low some schools are considering consolidating, you are a joke!!!

Here's an idea, if you think
it is going to get so bad get your kids out of school and get out of town while the getting is good!!