Natural Gas


Much, much more

than expected!


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Whenever you poke a hole in the ground–whether digging a water well, an oil well, or draining sewage from septic tanks–you’re changing what’s underneath the surface. We’ve lived with that for centuries, though we’ve rarely thought “deeply” about it.

With the recent excitement of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” there’s large-scale modifying of what’s underneath–far underneath, often miles underneath. Our purpose is not to debate this controversial issue, but to provide some regional newspaper comment on what’s happening in Pennsylvania.

The Marcellus Shale has proven to be a treasure trove of natural gas.

The following comes from an article by Brendan Gibbons that appeared in the Nov. 18, 2013 issue of the Scranton-Wilkesbarre Times-Tribune:

…In Susquehanna County, Cabot [a drilling company] has drilled the most productive wells in the Marcellus formation.

Daily production data show that the wells might be some of the most productive on Earth, refining the upper limits of what many professional geologists believed possible.

…two wells, Flower 2 and Flower 1, are the No. 1 and No. 3 wells in the state, according to a January through June production report filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection. Flower 2 produces about 30,000,000 cubic feet a day; Flower 1 about 28 million. One day’s worth of gas from Flower 2 could fill more than 8,800 city buses.

…Cabot’s top well produces an average of $100,500 worth of gas per day [at the rate of $3.35 per 1000 cubic feet].

…[Cabot] has placed its bets on Susquehanna County, with 200,000 acres leased and 255 producing wells.

The thickness of this part of the Marcellus–300 ft. [the length of a football field], Mr. Stalnaker [VP of operations] said–is one reason for the high productivity in Springville and Dimock townships. He is trying to verify whether Cabot’s top wells might be the most productive onshore gas wells ever drilled, but he thinks the answer is yes.

Interesting news for the poorest county in Pennsylvania…and for the energy needs for the eastern U. S.

[Late addendum (Dec. 5): Today, on my way over the mountain on a dirt road to a favorite breakfast haunt, I confronted a convoy of at least a dozen trucks, most of them quite large. With my all-wheel drive I squeezed past half of them before seeing on the right a large Cabot drilling pad. On the left was a small sign that read “ONE WAY” (the other way). I managed to turn around and squeeze back the way I’d come. Cabot “owns” the road. An absolutely enormous gas pumping station–some say the largest in the world–is nearby, just behind a quiet local cemetery (“May you rest in peace”).]