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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.
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.
Photo by Bob Donnan
There are more than 50 wells near the reservoir with many less than 1,000 feet from the water's edge.
Infrastructure Near the Beaver Run Reservoir
Photo provided by Bob Donnan
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
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