Does anyone have any info on the group in lower Somerset Co and there leases they are working on? I would like contact info to join in Lower Turkeyfoot. Thanks
A group of landowners in Somerset County, PA (southwestern part of the state) has formed and is looking to lease a block of 11,300 acres of land for shale oil and gas drilling. The group is called the Casselman Valley Landowner Group and is conducting meetings to recruit new members.
Property owners in Elk Lick, Greenville, Summit, Larimer, Addison and Milford Townships have shown a committed interest in leasing 11,300 acres of land for drilling purposes, according to Jake Polochak, an attorney representing the Casselman group.
Polochak works for Morascyzk and Polochak, a law firm based out of Washington. The firm is working with Shale Marketers LLC to develop a land mass that can be marketed to prospective gas and oil companies.
The group is free to join and doesn’t lock members into leasing their property, Polochak said. Some of the benefits include help with legal issues, such as review of their leases and assistance with any title problems. Members also receive group discounts for residential water testing.
"This group gives leverage to negotiate community-wide benefits," Polochak said.*
*Somerset (PA) Daily American (Feb 7, 2012) – More than 11,000 acres committed to oil and gas leasing
Somerset Co. is dry gas; plus too many subsurface faults running through the marcellus which makes horizontal drilling difficult.
Ok Mr. geologist....But tell me, doe it make it impossible? Everyone's an armchair geologist these days....Hey, we've all read the various studies out there....Difficult, maybe, impossible? Doubt it....Chevron purchased a lot of leases from Chief in Somerset Co....Geez, you think Chevron might just know more that you or anyone else who posts on this board?
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Somerset Co and Feyette Co has the thick of the Utica shell play, over 500ft thick of a footprint. Would that be why these Counties are in the Tier 1 of the plays?
My advice is watch the production Apache gets out of its Argentinian shale play that Halliburton horizontally drilled in the last 8 months to a depth of 14500 feet.......the PSU profs said depth is universal as in universally too hot to be productive....Well, we'll see...My bet is Apache didn't drill that deep just to see if Halliburton had the technology to do it....IMO, 14500 feet down in Argentina is no different than 14500 feet down in somerset Co.
Thanks Jim. I think like you and we will only know when the companys drill. All this hype started with dry natural gas and that is what they where looking for. would over 500 ft thick of the utica be a problem drilling horizontaly?
somerset Co has the thickest Utica shale in the whole footprint....When you sign your next lease say the Utica is not included in the lease and see what they say....Then you'll know the real story.