Protecting Our Precious Resources:
In late January 2019, CNX experienced drilling complications at one of their deep gas wells which resulted in pressure spiking at nearby shallow wells. Nine shallow wells were continuously flared for days to relieve pressure. Yet authorities are claiming there were no impacts on the environment or nearby community.
Photo by Bob Donnan
Well pads like the Dearmitt Pad are often less than 1,000 feet from the water's edge. A large portion of the scientific community agrees that half-a-mile is the bare minimum when working near sensitive sites, such as drinking supplies.
There are more than 50 wells near the reservoir with many less than 1,000 feet from the water's edge.
Photo provided by Bob Donnan
Infrastructure near the reservoir
Air is monitored quarterly at well pads and compressor stations by Dr. Bradshaw, at I.U.P.
Initially four shallow wells in the area were showing increases in pressure and had to be flared
By the time the well was “killed” it was up to 9 wells flaring at one time
Wells were flared for over two weeks, flaring ended Feb. 12
Air monitoring requested by MAWC on Feb. 6, 9 or 10 days after flaring began, showed elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide, C02 and Sulfur Dioxide SO2 during monitoring done with handheld monitors while walking near flares
By this time not all wells were still being flared
Timeline of Events
September 20, 2018 - DEP Inspector noted a casing malfunction at 1GHSU; No violation cited and MAWC was not notified
January 26, 2019 - Loss of Pressure at Shaw 1GHSU; pressure spikes at conventional wells, which are flared
Feb 2, 2019 - Public notified via Post Gazette Article
Feb 4, 2019 - Shaw 1GHSU “killed” by out of state team
Feb 12, 2019 - Flaring Ended
Feb 25, 2019 - DEP issues notices of violation with no fine; investigation ongoing
Feb 28, 2019 - Protect PT, Mountain Watershed Association and Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens Group hosted a public meeting in Delmont to discuss what happened during the January incident.
March 28, May 14, August 13, 2019 - Follow up meetings at the Protect PT office.
Feb 2020 - Protect PT ran a top CNX letter writing campaign (sending letters to the DEP to stop CNX's operations at the Beaver Run Reservoir) and held a postcard writing party for residents to send postcards to their public officials, representatives, etc. to pressure the DEP to stop CNX.