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Friday, August 29, 2014

Federal flyover completed for abandoned oil and gas wells in Potter County

Federal flyover completed for abandoned oil and gas wells in Potter County

By ALEX DAVIS Era Reporter a.davis@bradfordera.com
Bradford Era

A federal flyover to search for long-ago abandoned oil and gas wells has been completed in Potter County.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory brought technology to three locations in the state, including Susquehannock State Forest, that detects changes in the earth’s magnetic field caused by steel well casings and determines whether wells are emitting methane gas.

“Potter County has a variety of oil and gas wells developed for different purposes and at different points in time, allowing NETL to test its airborne methodologies for locating legacy wells and for monitoring levels of greenhouse gases,” National Energy Technology Laboratory spokeswoman Shelley Martin said in an email.

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