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Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Feb 10, 2017
Shale Gas Pads Do Not Belong in Valleys (AKA Hollers)
A recent essay of mine described the Fracking Re-Invasion of Wetzel County,10 years after it began. When shale gas drilling started here in Wetzel County WV in 2007, it had already been causing problems for a few years right across the state line to the north, in Green and Washington counties in Pennsylvania. (12 years […]More
Issues: FrackingHealthMarcellus shalePollution
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 28, 2017
Problem Location for a Fracked Gas Well Pad in Wetzel County West Virginia
A typical fracking well pad in a bad location; creates problems for people living nearby, for the whole neighborhood.More
Issues: FrackingHealthMarcellus shale
Deep Shale GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 28, 2017
An Earnest Search for Predictability in These Troubled Political Times: Silica
During these trying times of turbulent turmoil with all the alternate facts and flexible versions of reality decreed in the new political realm, we can sometimes become unhinged. We then seek some dependable experiences to ground us, and provide a modicum of stability. We yearn for consistency and predictability. Well, guess what?! I think that […]More
Issues: FrackingHealth
Deep Shale GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 18, 2017
The Fracking Re-Invasion of Wetzel County
Wetzel County roads are narrow, with sharp bends and steep hills. Congestion from heavy fracking-related trucks can be big trouble. More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shale
Deep Shale GalleryGalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 8, 2017
Happy New Year from O & G: #Fracking-Related Traffic Woes in Wetzel
Big #fracking trucks blocking roads in nasty weather and pummeling infrastructure in all weather. Just another day in the Wetzel County gas fields.More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePollution
GalleryHoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Nov 22, 2016
Water, Old Rusty Tanks and a Not-So-Trustworthy Industry
Regulation? Who needs it? We can trust industry to maintain above ground storage tanks and protect our water. Of course we can...More
Issues: Aboveground storage tanksMarcellus shalePollutionWater
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Nov 8, 2016
Pigs Fly! #Fracking Pig Launcher in Wetzel County, WV
What's that whistling sound I hear? Pigs fly! What are these pig launcher contraptions? What the frack is going on?More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelines
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jul 25, 2016
Daily Dose of Dirty Diesel Thanks to Construction of OVC Pipeline
During the past six months, I have taken more than 5,000 photos here in Wetzel County, WV of the construction of the FERC-approved Ohio Valley Connector (OVC) 30-inch pipeline. Its mile post zero is at exactly the same location as mile post zero of the EQT-proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The MVP, if built, would be a 42-inch pipeline. Above […]More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelinesPollution
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 27, 2016
Push for Pipelines – Part 5
Below is Push for Pipelines – Part 5. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here. Lessons to Be Learned Given the many proposed large diameter and very long pipelines and the broad impact they will have, it seems useful to examine how these errors can happen. We need to ask: Are […]More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelines
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 26, 2016
Push for Pipelines – Part 4
Below is Push for Pipelines – Part 4. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here. What Happened and How I think it is safe to say that, in light of my well-known activism in documenting all things Marcellus, I am not your average Wetzel County surface owner. I have more than 10,000 photos of […]More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shalePipelines
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 26, 2016
Surveyor Signs and Symbols
If you’ve been reading the Push for Pipelines series of blogs, you’ve come across the call to “Learn More” about surveyor signs and symbols. Here you go: It is not easy to interpret everything that surveyors leave behind, so here’s a simplified description of a variety of markings that are used by surveyors. The three most commonly […]More
Issues: FrackingPipelines
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 26, 2016
Push for Pipelines – Part 3
Below is Push for Pipelines – Part 3. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  A Word On Surveyors Most folks can relate to the work and responsibility of bookkeepers or certified public accountants. (CPAs). They measure and keep track of money. And their balance sheets and ledgers actually have to, well, balance. And they […]More
Issues: FrackingPipelines
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 25, 2016
Push for Pipelines – Part 2
Below is Push for Pipelines – Part 2. Read Part 1 here. How did we get to this point? Let’s review our first contact with the land agent representing EQT. In February of 2014, the EQT land agent asked my wife and I for permission to walk our property for a preliminary evaluation of a possible route […]More
Issues: FrackingPipelines
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes Jan 25, 2016
Push for Pipelines – Part 1
For anyone who has even casually followed Marcellus and Utica shale gas exploration and production, here in the active gas fields of West Virginia or south-western Pennsylvania or Ohio, you know there are many concerns surrounding the complete natural gas production process, such as air pollution, water consumption and contamination, waste disposal, heavy big rig […]More
Issues: FrackingPipelines
Deep Shale Gallery Bill Hughes Oct 18, 2015
Out by the Mailbox: Big Rig Staging Area
Recently SWN bought out CHK and now it has begun to ramp up its activity on a number of existing fracking well pads. For me personally that means daily viewing of all their trucks in their parking lot right behind my mail box down at the paved road. More
Issues: Marcellus shalePollution
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes May 14, 2015
Silica Dust: Trouble for Well Pad Workers, Neighbors
To unlock gas (consisting mostly of methane) in deep shale formations, a very deep well is drilled (depth varies depending on location and shale formation). Once a well is drilled, the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking) begins. For this process, thousands of tons of silica sand are mixed with millions of gallons of valuable water and added to thousands of gallon of fracturing chemical. This sand/water/chemical mixture is then pumped under very high pressure down the well casing, causing the tight shale to fracture.More
Issues: DEPEnergyFrackingHealthMarcellus shalePollutionWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes May 10, 2015
Another Fracking Danger: Left-of-Center Escort Vehicles
Due to the Marcellus Shale gas "boom" here, in north-central West Virginia, it is not uncommon to find escort vehicles (accompanying oversize equipment heading for or leaving well pads) driving left-of-center, as you can see in the photos below. It goes without saying that this is dangerous for anyone out of the roads. This is just one of a host of problems associated with Marcellus Shale activity here. More
Issues: Marcellus shaleWest Virginia
Hoots and Hollers Bill Hughes May 10, 2015
Note to Statoil: Dangerous Drivers and Rigs Not Good For Your PR
the residents recognized bad behavior on the part of the pilot vehicle, escort drivers and then transfer that image to Statoil. Public relations is important if Statoil wishes to become a better neighbor. Low Gap road will remain a traffic challenge for Statoil.More
Issues: FrackingMarcellus shaleWest Virginia
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