I had a gentleman from a tree trimming service approach me the other day stating they are clearing power lines using helicopters with a long boom and a saw package at the end to reach the trees easier and do less damage to property. They would still come and dispose of the debris with a chipper, etc.
This might be what you saw.
They are taking and picking up supplies from the field workers for the seismic testing that is occurring.
They are dropping bags of geophones and lithium battery power packs for the seismic guys to retrieve and place in position. The bags I inspected were made in Canada and the sling lifting hardware was made in China...scary thought. Sensors were made in Texas.
The helo was based out of the old Hoot Owl bar parking lot on route 43 for most of the summer.
Unionite is also on the money. There was a couple of helos with boom mounted saws performing line patrol on high tension right-of-ways this summer and fall.
The helicopters have been around Rose Twp. the last three weekends. This last weekend the helicopter was back and forth across the Ramsey farm 6 times. Once hovering in different areas for a minute or so. There were guys in Yellow safety vests hiking all around the farm. Seismic testing in full swing. There are sensors all over the farm. Enough testing. LET"S DRILL !!!!!!!!
When I first heard of this I thought, "Is PA really looked upon as a 'developing country'?" Well?
As a researcher of the activity in PA, no longer a resident, and not a lease-holder I highly recommend you begin by joining the Bradford County group on this excellent blog. I have met with many residents (lease holders and non-lease holders), businesses (local to multi-nat'l), and local government officials in the state. Bradford County is where a high level of the activity, if not most of the activity, is taking place. Simply pose your same questions above to that group and you will get results from professional and citizen expertise. You might define' the pace of oil companies drilling in Carroll County' so they can have information to compare. You are certainly in the thick of it!
There are NO foolish questions. Questions must be raised and information shared to make the best of a quickly evolving situation.
Enjoy the conversation.