From what I understand the activity on the Martin well several weeks ago
was the stacking of the blowout preventers, pressure testing of the well
and the mandatory pressure testing of the constructed BOP stack. This
is all in preparation for the horizontal drill rig. Trucks seen going in and out
of the site were hauling the waste water out of the holding pond from the
test drilling. The waste water was hauled to a treatment plant in Sunbury.
The stack in the photos above appear to have three ram blowout preventers
with an annular BOP sitting on top of the stack. You can read about BOP's
at the following link.
The tentative schedule for the horizontal drilling and fracking of the
Martin well is mid March of 2011. That date could be moved up depending
on the progress at other drill sites. The second well to be drilled will
most likely be the Campbell well. The tentative date is sometime in early
summer for the Campbell well but that could change. If the Martin site
comes up dry, Williams will most likely still drill the Campbell and Farver
More activity by Chief Oil and Gas in Columbia County. I spoke to an
official from Chief this week. They have drilled 93 wells thus far in 2010
in and around Lycoming County and all wells have come in commercially
I was informed by a resident near the Martin well of a proposed well in
Jackson twp. The below link will take you to the Hess well info. The
'NEAR MONROETON, PA'
address appears to be wrong since the
storm drain permit for the well pad is in Jackson Twp, Columbia county.
A rumor is floating around that Williams will take over the leases that
were abandoned by Encana in Luzerne and Columbia county. I have
not been able to confirm this rumor. I do know that Chief and Williams
were made aware of Encana's decision the day Encana's lessors
received the notice of that decision. I find it odd that Encana would just
pull out after just drilling two wells especially when information was
available that the Red Rock well had high gas showings. According to
an official from Chief, a drill hole may not be commercially viable but move
down the road a mile and you hit a great producing well. The Chief
spokesman credits their geologist for their success in Lycoming county.
I would guess that some company will re-lease Encana's leases.
Other William's news from earlier in the week.
Cabot sells Susquehanna gas pipelines to Williams for $150 million
The deal calls for Williams to build a 32-mile high-pressure pipeline
from the Lathrop compressor station in Springville Twp. to the interstate
Transco pipeline in Luzerne County, 65 miles of trunk lines, and two
compressor stations with a total of 40,000 horsepower in the next two