Index | Australia | UK | Europe | USA | Canada | Africa | Russia | China | Asia | South America
  Gas Accidents | Environment | Economics | Health | Politics | Citizen Journalism | About Us | Links | Contact Us

Index > United States of America > Pennsylvania > DEP Successfully Vents Abandoned Well in Versailles

Bookmark and Share

Halliburton Loophole

"Father of Fracking"
George Mitchell
concerns over environmental
impacts of fracking

History of Fracking
Only a new technology

USA Fracking Stories

A Texan tragedy

Gas injection may have triggered earthquakes in Texas

California Lags in Fracking Regulations

All In for California Water

Fracking in Michigan

Fracking in Michigan Potential Impact on Health, Environment, Economy

Hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale

Methane Gas from Marcellus Shale Drilling

Marcellus Shale Gas Economics

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Pennsylvania Fracking

Fracking in Virginia

Lesson From Wyoming Fracking

Water Pollution from Fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Substantial Water Pollution Risks

Methane in drinking water wells

Abandoned gas wells leak

Natural Gas Leaks Discovered in Boston

Methane Leaks Under Streets of Boston

Methane leaks make fracking dirty

Fracking effects real estate values

Fracking stimulates earthquakes

Protecting Gas Pipelines From Earthquakes

Gas Pipeline Earthquake - Simulations

America's crumbling pipelines

Averting Pipeline Failures

Dangers to Underground Pipelines

Gas Pipelines Could Serve as Wireless Links

Government Action needed on a National Energy Policy

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Solar Booster Shot for Natural Gas Power Plants

Natural Gas Pricing Reform to Facilitate Carbon Tax Policy

Investing in fracking

What Oil Prices Have in Store?

Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Professor Ingraffea

Anti-Fracking Billboard

Natural Gas Drilling

Threats to Biodiversity

Pronghorn Migration
hindered by gas development

Microbes in a Fracking Site

Protozoa May Hold Key to World Water Safety

Shale Gas Production

Research into the Fracking Controversy

Convert Methane Into Useful Chemicals

Methane Natural Gas Into Diesel

'Natural Gas' at the molecular level

Arctic Methane risks

Arctic Methane Seeps

Great Gas Hydrate Escape

Undersea Methane Seep Ecosystem

Methane in the Atmosphere of Early Earth

Methane Natural Gas Linked to Climate Change

Cutting Methane Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise

California | Colorado | Dakota | Marcellus | Massachusetts | Michigan |
Ohio | Pennsylvania | Texas | Utah | Virginia | Wyoming

Shale Gas


COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
Dept. of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth News Bureau
Room 308, Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg PA., 17120

DEP Successfully Vents Abandoned Well in Versailles;
Family Allowed to Return Home in time for Christmas

13 December 2011 PITTSBURGH Pennsylvania – The Department of Environmental Protection reported today that after three weeks of monitoring a Versailles Borough home where DEP vented an abandoned gas well, Equitable Gas has restored gas and electric service, enabling the residents to return.

In October, DEP successfully installed four gas mitigation systems in Versailles over a three week period. Progress was slowed when the department encountered a clogged, deteriorated vent that was located only one foot from a home on Second Street.

That clogged vent was found to be the cause of other stray gas issues in the borough.

Before the vent was restored, methane gas was prevented from escaping and instead, migrated through the soil to five contiguous properties and at least one other property in the vicinity.

“DEP had to overcome many challenges when restoring the vent to the abandoned well, including the proximity of the house to the well and unforeseen technical complications,” said Kenneth Bowman, DEP’s southwest regional director.

"We are genuinely pleased that the family will be able to celebrate the holiday season in their home.”

DEP continues to monitor the area, including a property near to the vented abandoned gas well where stray gas has been detected at various concentrations in the shallow soil.

DEP currently is evaluating whether this gas is residual from the blocked abandoned gas well, or if it represents a new source.

Stray methane gas was detected in late August by Equitable Gas during a routine check of its gas lines.

The utilities shut off gas and electric service to the house in order to eliminate any potential for ignition.

The affected family was able to move, temporarily, to the house next door, but because of the potential danger associated with the heavy equipment needed to vent the well in the yard between the two homes, DEP provided alternative housing to the family while work was under way.

The family returned to the interim home on Nov. 12.

On Dec. 6, DEP met with Versailles Borough Council and staff members of state and federal elected officials to hear the National Energy and Technology Laboratory present its methane emissions report, which identified 12 potential well sites where stray methane gas had been detected within the pore spaces of the soil near to the surface.

DEP recommends that the 12 sites be evaluated, prioritized and vented in the order of potential risk, using criteria such as gas concentration and proximity to residences.

Cost estimates associated with this range from $15,000 to $65,000 per location, depending on the complexity of the site.

DEP has committed its technical support and to work with Versailles Borough and state and federal elected officials to identify appropriate funding sources.


Media Release: COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

________________________________

 

 

 

site search by freefind