After the fracking is finished, there will be some piping work to connect the well to the gathering line into the Tennessee Gas Pipeline (which I would assume is complete by now). As the well produces gas, the water will be removed, and Cabot may "flare" the well before actually pumping it in the TGP. After about a month or two of production, during which time they will submit their unit plan to DEP, Cabot will send paperwork for you to sign (I'm assuming that you are leased with them), indicating that you accept their unitization. A short time later you would receive royalty checks based on the percentage of your land in the total unit acreage.
Thanks Hunter7775. I appreciate the info. What does 'flare' the well before pumping mean. How long does it take to 'frack' the pipes?
Being an out of state land owner I am kinda in the dark about things. Yes I do have a lease with Cabot.
The fracking operation usually takes 3 days of day and night operation. After it is done they set up special piping and apparatus to light the gas (flaring) and burn it into the atmosphere. It's quite a sight to see, with a flame burning 20 feet or so into the air. The time duration is from a few hours to several days, although it is not done with every well. From what I can understand, it is used to burn off water and impurities, and to give the operators an indication of the initial production they can expect. I've attached a picture of the flaring of a local well.
If you want information, contact Victoria Spitzer there in Dimock; She leased her land for drilling. Before you do this; get a lawyer to do the negotiating. I know everyone thinks they are going to get rich but the smart thing to do is contact people in Ohio, Texas and Wyoming who have leased their land because once you do you will have no control over what they do. I did not lease but I can hear the drone of the drill 4/7. Burning off gas is not " cool" it is toxic to the environment,. The gas will be gone quickly and what will be left in the wake: ruined landscape, poisoned wells and toxic waste water. They use billions of gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals. Where do you think that goes when they are done? Into big vats where it dries and blows all over the land and in the air. Anyone who thinks gas drilling is safe for the environment is dreaming. There are already twenty poisoned wells in Dimock. Check it out yourself on-line. It is your decision whether you care about clean air, water and wildlife or not but know this; the value of the real estate will collapse after Cabot is finished out there. I am not making this up. Do research and get the facts. Talk to Victoria and see what she says, she lives on Carter Road.
Burning a little gas via flare is no worse than bar-b-quing on the old gas grill! And b-b-b-b-billions of gallons of water mixed with toxic chemicals! The chemicals are added in pretty low quantities and are pumped down 6-7000 feet underground. You getting your water from that deep??
Direct evidence of these 20 poisoned wells being directly impacted by a gas well?
And if the waste water is evaporated that leaves the chemical to be disposed of. If any of it is evaporated with the water, it would be disbursed across a very wide area, thereby diluting the concentration to almost nil.
I'd simply add that the situation mentioned on Carter road is an isolated event, not the norm. The above post mentions an article which quotes the mandated protector of the environment, DEP's Craig Lobins, as saying "Last year we permitted 8000 wells, and this may be the only incident that occurred".
The water/sand/chemical mix that is injected for fracking is 90% water, 9.9% sand and .1% chemicals, most of which are common household products. For an open-minded, non-emotional look at the environmental impacts of gas drilling and fracking see this link: http://www.thefriendsvillegroup.org/environ_broadlook.pdf
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