My brother and I own some acreage in Greene County along the Perry and Whiteley Township border. The property is close to a number of older long wall mining sites.  It seems that these more conventional mines are preventing or inhibiting EQT and others from fracking in the area. Is this accurate and can anyone provide insights if this will change in the future?

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I think it’s that they need a certain amount of solid coal to build the pad above and to drill the verticals through.

Thanks Farmer! Does that mean to there is less opportunity for them to mine these areas because the coal has been removed in the past using older, conventional methods?

James
I had the same questions a couple of years ago. Had the coal company wanting to lease property at the same time I had a gas and oil lease with Range Resources. Range told me they had no concerns with a coal lease because they would be much deeper than the Coal Co.. My property already had a pick and shovel mine and an auger w/high wall style mine. There is also a pillar and honey comb style mine on the property. Coal people seam to offer a lot more money per acreage. Anyway coal mine drilled a 900ft core hole with Sea Shells found at 3 hundred and 6 hundred feet. They must have found something of interest because my yard filled with about 20 new F250 pick up trucks within an hour, and geologist filling sample tubes with core sample and gauges. The coal mine had no problem with it
being leased to gas and oil company. But at this time I'm not leased to a Gas/Oil company or a coal company! The Coal company was laying out a long wall and said they don't move as fast as gas and oil.

Terry, I appreciate the insights. It would seem then that the conventional coal mines should not kill the opportunity for the unconventional mining. Still confused on why the activity is almost non existent in this area.  Will the oil company fess up on a timeline?

It is difficult for operators to get permits in active coal mine permit areas, which will limit the number of wells drilled near-term.

A few years ago a dozer operator told me while working a strip mine outside of Morgantown, they found a vertical slab of shale with a perfect 20’ Palm tree fossil in it. In a few 100,000 thousand years they will probably find Budweiser bottles in the core samples.  

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