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JOHN RUSH UNIT 1H - 9H
FOX ROAD NEAR WEST MIDDLETOWN
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP
WASHINGTON COUNTY
2009 - 2010

Rapid shale gas production decline!
  

 

The John Rush Unit excavation was a major project right from the start. In addition to excavating the drilling pad for nine Marcellus Shale gas wells, a huge impoundment was created next to the pad. Most of these newer impoundments will measure 300 ft x 400 ft and hold up to 15 million gallons of liquids. While they usually begin as "fresh water" pits, it usually isn't long before they are converted to holding flowback and wastewater from other hydraulic fracturing operations in the area.

  
These huge open pits are often kept in place for years, serving to provide fluids for the fracking of other wells within a few miles of the pit. Temporary plastic pipelines are used to move fluids to and from these huge pits. Most spills in the township where these Rush wells are located have been related to failures of these temporary pipelines, usually spilling thousands of gallons of liquids before the problem is even realized.
 


RANGE RESOURCES
JOHN RUSH UNIT 1H-9H

GPS: 40.22217 -80.4184

JOHN RUSH UNIT 1H OG WELL  125-23913
JOHN RUSH UNIT 2H OG WELL  125-23981
JOHN RUSH UNIT 3H OG WELL  125-23914
JOHN RUSH UNIT 4H OG WELL  125-23915
JOHN RUSH UNIT 5H OG WELL  125-23916
JOHN RUSH UNIT 6H OG WELL  125-23917
JOHN RUSH UNIT 7H OG WELL  125-23918
JOHN RUSH UNIT 8H OG WELL  125-23980
JOHN RUSH UNIT 9H OG WELL  125-23982
 
 

Source: Pennsylvania DEP Production Reports

Farm Name

Well No.

Product

Vol.

Days

Avg/ Day

End Date

JOHN RUSH UNIT 1H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      48,655 21 2,317 6/30/12
53% drop-off in 7 months     199,885 184 1,086 12/31/12
66% drop-off in 13 months     140,725 181 777 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 1H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      3,491 21 166 6/30/12
      6,755 184 37 12/31/12
      4,562 181 25 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 2H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      35,944 21 1,712 6/30/12
50% drop-off in 7 months     157,415 184 856 12/31/12
64% drop-off in 13 months     112068 181 619 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 2H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,846 21 136 6/30/12
      5,594 184 30 12/31/12
      3,692 181 20 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 3H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      36,871 20 1,844 6/30/12
51% drop-off in 7 months     166,064 184 903 12/31/12
64% drop-off in 13 months     120,355 181 665 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 3H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,653 20 132 6/30/12
      6,470 184 35 12/31/12
      3,692 181 20 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 4H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      34,408 21 1,638 6/30/12
52% drop-off in 7 months     148,975 184 810 12/31/12
62% drop-off in 13 months     111,569 181 616 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 4H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,444 21 116 6/30/12
      5,578 184 30 12/31/12
      3,910 181 22 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 5H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      33,373 20 1,669 6/30/12
52% drop-off in 7 months     146,827 184 798 12/31/12
65% drop-off in 13 months     105,152 181 581 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 5H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,315 20 116 6/30/12
      5,764 184 31 12/31/12
      3,910 181 21 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 6H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      33,689 19 1,773 6/30/12
47% drop-off in 7 months     174,413 184 948 12/31/12
59% drop-off in 13 months     130,317 181 719 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 6H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,403 19 126 6/30/12
      6,876 184 37 12/31/12
      4,780 181 26 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 7H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      37,779 18 2,099 6/30/12
53% drop-off in 7 months     172,683 184 938 12/31/12
66% drop-off in 13 months     127,587 181 704 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 7H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,925 18 162 6/30/12
      7,992 184 43 12/31/12
      5,855 181 32 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 8H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      30,648 20 1,532 6/30/12
48% drop-off in 7 months     145,320 184 790 12/31/12
59% drop-off in 13 months     112,722 181 623 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 8H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,232 20 112 6/30/12
      6,549 184 36 12/31/12
      5,204 181 29 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 9H Gas 0 0 0 12/31/11
      34,658 20 1,733 6/30/12
47% drop-off in 7 months     169,796 184 923 12/31/12
59% drop-off in 13 months     129,372 181 715 6/30/13
JOHN RUSH UNIT 9H Oil 0 0 0 12/31/11
      2,524 20 126 6/30/12
      7,249 184 40 12/31/12
      5,465 181 30 6/30/13
 
 
  
  
Major excavation work done for drilling location
   
  
November 2009
  
  
 
 
December 2010
 
John Rush Unit - June 2011
 
Drilling 9 horizontal Marcellus Shale wells
June 2011
 
John Rush drilling unit and impoundment
June 2011
 
December 2011 photo of Marcellus Shale wells and impoundment
December 2011
 
 

RUSH WATER IMPOUNDMENT
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP
WASHINGTON COUNTY
2010-11

Pennsylvania DEP:
Authorization ID: 845091
Permit number: ESX10-125-0068
Site: RUSH WATER IMPOUNDMENT ESCGP-EXPEDITED
Client: RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC
Authorization type: Expedited E&S Stormwater General Permit 1
Application type: New Authorization is for: SITE
Date received: 08/12/2010 Status: Issued 08/31/2010
 

THIRD WASTEWATER SPILL BY RANGE RESOURCES IN HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP

November 1, 2011 - An estimated 400 barrels, equal to 16,800 gallons, of recycled water used for natural gas drilling spilled along Farrar School Road in Hopewell Township Monday. The company was moving the line for the next step in a nearby well completion. The contractor attempted to remove the line with his excavator, causing the pipe to break.

By afternoon, the company was removing contaminated soil from the site and had also installed filter socks along the stream bed and a boom across the stream to keep any mud from getting into the tributary.

(Newspaper story link was removed)

(Note: The broken temporary pipeline connects the Rush Impoundment to the Kearns site)

 
ADDITIONAL DATA FOR JOHN RUSH #1H WELL

True Vertical Depth: 6,978 feet
Total Water Volume: 2,676,202 gallons

SOME OF THE CHEMICALS USED
Source of chemical list: FracFocus
Chemical descriptions: Multiple sources
TRADE NAME PURPOSE INGREDIENTS CHEMICAL ABSTRACT SERVICE NUMBER (CAS #)
37% HCL Cleans perforation HCL 7647-01-0
CI-100 Corrosion Inhibitor Methanol 67-56-1
   

Methanol has a high toxicity in humans. If ingested the median lethal dose is typically 4 fl oz.

    Propargyl Alcohol 107-19-7
   

Propargyl alcohol is a primary skin irritant and a severe eye and mucous membrane irritant. It is toxic by ingestion, inhalation, and skin adsorption. The oral LD50 for rats is 70 mg/kg (WARNING LABEL Moderate Toxicity).

MC B-8520 Antibacterial Agent 4,4-Dimethyloxazolidine 51200-87-4
   

Dimethyloxazolidine has been placed in Toxicity Category I for its effects as a severe eye irritant. 4,4-Dimethyloxazolidine is slightly to moderately toxic to birds on an acute basis and slightly toxic on a subacute basis. It demonstrates slight toxicity to both cold and warm freshwater fish, and is slightly toxic to freshwater invertebrates on an acute basis.

    3,4,4-Trimethyloxazolodine 75673-43-7
    2-Amino-2-methyl-1-propanol 124-68-5
   

AMP (2-Amino-2-methyl-1-propanol) is a skin irritant, severe eye irritant, and toxic by ingestion. Causes severe irritation. Inhalation may be fatal as a result of spasm, inflammation, and edema of laryns and bronchi, chemical pneumonitis, and pulmonary edema. Symptoms of exposure may include burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea and vomiting.

    Formaldehyde Amine 56652-26-7
MC B-8650 Antibacterial Agent Glutaraldehyde 111-30-8
   

The following health effects have been reported in hospital workers exposed to glutaraldehyde: Throat and lung irritation; Asthma, asthma-like symptoms, and breathing difficulty; Nose irritation, sneezing, and wheezing; Nosebleed; Burning eyes and conjunctivitis; Rash-contact and/or allergic dermatitis; Staining of the hands (brownish or tan); Hives; Headaches and Nausea.

    Methanol 67-56-1
   

Methanol has a high toxicity in humans. If ingested the median lethal dose is typically 4 fl oz.

Chemicals in Natural Gas Operations

 
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