Frac Out in Greene County PA

Western Pennsylvania is like ‘Swiss Cheese’ when you consider all the coal mines and oil/gas wells drilled over past centuries. Unfortunately, thousands of wells were never properly plugged, providing open conduits to the surface when newer Marcellus Shale wells are hydraulically fractured (fracked) under extremely high pressure.
In today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, we read where a recently fracked Marcellus Shale well may have communicated with an abandoned well, over one mile away…

“EQT stopped fracking the Lumber 13H well that day, and the liquid and gas in the abandoned well on Mr. Debolt’s property subsided. The next day, the company notified the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection of a well communication issue — a term that means one well has interacted with another. Tammy Yoders said her son broke out in hives after taking a shower the day of the incident, which they only learned about the next day from a Facebook post.”

Anya Litvak / A shale well met an abandoned well a mile away. How did it happen? / July 18, 2022
The story goes on to mention a similar event that occurred next to Beaver Run Reservoir, which provides water to 130,000 people in Westmoreland County, PA…

“In 2019, a piece of cracked pipe inside a deep Utica well drilled by CNX Resources Corp. caused gas pressure to spike at six conventional wells nearby. The crack was found to be releasing gas from the CNX well at around 5,200 feet under the surface.”

Anya Litvak / A shale well met an abandoned well a mile away. How did it happen? / July 18, 2022
One of the well pads close to Beaver Run Reservoir
These sorts of incidents leave a person wondering what tens of thousands future fracking operations, over the coming decades in western Pennsylvania, will bring.
c.1890 – Oil wells heavily populated the City of Washington, PA

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