Skip to comments.Marcellus Shale motherlode brings world of change (natural gas)
Posted on 05/23/2011 2:24:09 AM PDT by markomalley
Earlier this year, Phillip Whalen packed his bags, left his home in Louisiana and set up shop in western Pennsylvania.
The 15-year oil and gas industry veteran said work has dried up around the Gulf of Mexico, in part because of the fallout from the BP PLC oil spill last year. In what has become a kind of reverse national oil rush, Mr. Whalen said, his motivation for heading north to this small community 20 miles south of Pittsburgh was simple.
Im doing what I have to do to keep a roof over the head and pay the bills, the grizzled family man said early one morning. He was dressed in a blue jumpsuit and was smoking a last cigarette outside his hotel before heading off to work.
His company, T3 Energy Services, sent him to Washington, the economic epicenter for exploiting what many think is the nations path away from dangerous dependence on foreign oil.
Big energy companies have set up shop here to tap the Marcellus Shale, a massive chunk of marine sedimentary rock stretching from the Finger Lakes region of New York as far south as Kentucky and Tennessee, holding within its subterranean grip vast deposits of natural gas.
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I've been driving sand can (dry bulk sand for fracking industry) over a year until Mar 30.
I've told everyone I know, 21 or older ... GET HERE.
This IS the boom town the Gulf Coast USED to be.
CDL drivers can write their own ticket.
This is funny because this is the area where the very first oil well was drilled.
Back to the future.
I live in Pittsburgh. The greenie weenies around here are fighting this so hard & demonizing anyone who dares to support the drilling. Just ridiculous.
I've driven all around that area and there are more and more completed sites that show to be very neat and clean.
The trucks, drills and frackers are gone.
The site is beautifully landscaped with very nice gravel access road and site.
It's kind'a like marriage ... no one really knows for the first few years, but you grow to learn and love.
Any property owners benefit immediately by leasing mineral rights and residually when the well produces.
You don't have to have a well on site to participate, just be in the area of an active well.
If ANYthing is scarey ... it's the fact that energy companies will have a lock on minerals over thousands of square miles for a long time.
What companies, and dishonest how?
As knarf said - be patient. It will get better. I live in Indiana County. Several years ago, there was drilling everywhere around here. Admittedly, not like the deep-well drilling, but a lot of gas well drilling. It seemed it was going on everywhere. Noisy, muddy, etc. Now, it’s quiet, you see the covered wells dotting the landscape, but they don’t stand out. There is farmland around them and some have landscaping around them. There’s even one in the middle of our local university campus.
The inconvenience is temporary, the economic benefits will last longer.
"Oh and please don't tell me I should just shut up like a couple of people on FR have done. Until you experienced something like this yourself, you have no idea how your whole life and area changes."
I lived through exactly your situation when the "Tuscaloosa Trend" deep natural gas was being explored. You don't know what you're talking about. Unfortunately, the "Trend" didn't pan out....too deep and "spotty". You oughta be thanking God for your good fortune instead of bitching.
You are buying into the false propaganda.
“our quiet way of life has come to a screeching halt. We were not prepared for any of this. ... were told about the good parts but not the bad parts....traffic increase, water well pollution etc. .... traffic is .... 10 times worse that it was just a mere couple of years ago. .......but most of it’s been bad and sad to see! ...”
Cricket, no offense until I read your tag line I thought you were a tree hugger.
I can see your emotions are at an all time high.
Take a DEEP BREATH you’re gonna get too worked up.
You need to delete your tag line and move over to DU, you are not a conservative.
You are a NIMBY and a whiner.
Your neighbors make money and you have traffic jams and that bothers you.
"bad and sad" that describes your post, and this isn't the first time you've whined and whined about the traffic and the fact that you have to wait at the coffee shop.
Don’t worry Cricket, as soon as Obama hears about this he will ride to your rescue and put at stop to this evil economic development. Then you can return to your life of peace and quiet. Just ask the people of Louisiana.
I understand your concerns, but I only want to see huge black greasy machines billowing out horrid smoke to pristine skies. I only want to see nasty stinking frothy waste dumped into those beautiful northeastern PA streams. I only want to see increased cancer incidence due to poor handling of radioactive materials; traffic that snarls quaint little streets; a bad, urban gang element dealing drugs and raping.
Is it too much for us to consider MY needs?
I have no doubt that one day it will be better. We’ve been “raped” before. Back where I live, the mountain was mined for coal and came back. It was also stripped of all timber in the early 1900’s. The trees grew back. Oh I have no doubt that everything will be beautiful once again BUT it won’t be in my lifetime.
Talk about selfish person.
You can pretend that this is new and different and no one else understands.
But reality is hydraulic fracturing has been done for 60 years. Application of this into shale gas is hardly new for the industry either.
There are over 15,000 wells already completed and operating this way in the Barnett Shale.
There are over 2,000 wells already in the Haynesville Shale