How close is 500 feet to drilling and fracking in Pennsylvania?
Hard to imagine having a nicely forested area close to your home suddenly destroyed for a huge gravel well pad for industrial activities.
So what’s the rub? After all, Pennsylvania requires oil and gas wells to be 500-feet from homes without a waiver, right?
SURPRISE! That means 500-feet from the well head, NOT the well pad.
What sort of 24-7 activities might end up there next?
Over a dozen of those 2,500 horsepower, truck-mounted, diesel-powered frac pumps will run full blast for weeks on end, during hydraulic fracturing activities. Frac sand, which is strip-mined in the upper Midwest, and is a very serious silicosis health hazard, yet it has been seen billowing off fracking sites in clouds.
After action reports indicate that each well requires WELL OVER 1,000 TRUCK TRIPS to complete! This creates special challenges on narrow roads, especially with school bus traffic, and at blind intersections.
Producers often tell township officials that these industrial activities will only be “temporary” yet they can, and have, come back in following years to drill and frack more wells.
Some of the newer well pads in western Pennsylvania have been permitted for OVER 50 WELLS!
Image: PA DEP permit diagram for EQT’s MINGO PAD showing 52 wells!
Even without the drilling and fracking of more wells, truck traffic to well pads continues for well maintenance and condensate tank access, to withdraw produced water and condensate.
And to think all the truck traffic from these Amsler Ridge Road wells will have to negotiate a steep, windy road leading down to the blind intersection shown below:
Once the cracker plant gets fired-up in this same Beaver County, these sorts of drilling activities will ramp-up countywide, in order to supply the ethane needed to make plastic nurdles. Good luck Beaver County residents!