Friday, July 23, 2010

Luzerne Co: First Frack Gas Well Grand Opening

Quote and photo from today's CV.  Little commentary is needed: 

"Drilling is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week operation, and Wiedenbeck said Encana's estimate is it will take about 30 days to finish.  People essential to the operation - the "company men," officially known as the rig supervisor and the tool pusher - will stay on the site around-the-clock in personnel trailers. The rest of the crew will stay at local hotels, Wiedenbeck said. They will work in shifts: 12 hours on, 12 off, she said.

The first step in drilling is to set the casings. These are steel pipes about 30 feet to 40 feet long with cement poured around them. The rig drove the pipes into the ground, one after another.  After the well is drilled 800 feet deep, it will be cased, and drilling will continue to 2,500 feet and another layer of cement will be added, Wiedenbeck said.  "It's like a casing within a casing," Bender said.

The casing will go about 50 feet deeper than the aquifer, or water table, and is intended to keep water from getting into the well or well contents from getting into the groundwater."

The safe operation of this well is dependent on technology from our friends at Haluburtin.   Look it up.

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