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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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