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Aug 28, 2012


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The oil industry was right to protect itself from such claims:

"Results from more than 1,700 water wells sampled and tested prior to proposed gas drilling in Susquehanna County, Pa., show methane to be ubiquitous in shallow groundwater, with a clear correlation of methane concentrations with surface topography."


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And I bet if they drill a vertical hole in the ground the ubiquitous methane will find a way to rise.


PA State EPA has had literature out for years identifying shallow depth coal in north and west PA as the source for methane contamination in wells. Blaming it on the oil industry is just a new scapegoat to justify funding and grants.

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To get both sides of the story one should not rely on industry funded publications such as, I dunno, say Oil and Gas Journal.

From this post's original link:

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection fined Chesapeake Energy $900,000 for contaminating 16 families' water supplies. The company disputed the state's conclusion, but agreed to the fine — the largest environmental penalty in Pennsylvania history.

Since then, Pennsylvania regulators put much tougher drilling standards in place, in order to minimize methane leaks.

They mandated higher-quality cement and pipes in gas wells, among other changes. Chesapeake spokesman Michael Kehs said the company has improved its standards. He says the problem affecting the Leightons and Franklins is an "isolated incident," adding, "in this particular case there was a unique problem with a particular piece of equipment that was highly unusual."

Chesapeake is paying for water filtration devices at both families' homes, and in a statement said the malfunction that created the leak "has been identified and corrected.


Sure, and the leadership in the EPA are saints with pure hearts and no possibility of chasing boogymen to justify their funding.

When PA fracking was in it's infancy and before, it was the shallow coal beds that were to blame. Now it's the Oil companies.

PA EPA's methane in water PDF from 2004: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/districts/homepage/california/SSA/5600-FS-DEP2690.pdf


Read this today:

Gulfport Energy hits a gusher at the equivalent of 4,650 barrels/day in Harrison Co. OH via fracking the Utica shale.

It's the biggest producer they've ever drilled.

Typical pressure trends for shale plays are steady for 2 years then decline about 20% per year for the next few years and level off at about 20% of the original volume.

At $95/barrel that's $322,477,500 income for the first two years on this well. Landowner's get to split $40,000,000 for the first two years.


We could be energy independent in this nation within 10 years if the government would get out of the way.



We could be energy independent in this nation within 10 years if the government would get out of the way
- Hugh

Don't know who you are,nor what your agenda is, but your comment is reminiscent of unadulterated HYPE.

For my energy news I'll continue reading Robert Rapier or even The Oil Drum while you gush (pun intended) about 4K bpd for a country like the US who, in a depression uses 19 or 20 million bpd.

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