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MARCELLUS SHALE NATURAL GAS DRILLING

KEARNS UNIT 1H-6H
FOX ROAD
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP
WASHINGTON COUNTY
Approximately 1-mile south of West Middletown, PA
October 2009

shale gas production declines are rapid
 
RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC
KEARNS UNIT 1H - 6H 

KEARNS UNIT 1H OG WELL 125-23274
KEARNS UNIT 2H OG WELL 125-23275
KEARNS UNIT 3H OG WELL 125-23640
KEARNS UNIT 4H OG WELL 125-23644
KEARNS UNIT 5H OG WELL 125-23641
KEARNS UNIT 6H OG WELL 125-23642

 
 
 
Kearns Unit gas well sign in Hopewell Township
    Kearns Unit 1H - 6H
gas well sign
  

Pa DEP Fine

Permit Num: 125-23274
Municipality: Hopewell
County: Washington
Well Name: Kearns Unit 1H
Company: Range Resources
Incident Date: 10/6/2009
Inspection Date: 10/7/2009
Fine Date: 2010-05-11
Fine: $141,175
Group Fine: No 
Violation: Spill; company reported that about 10,500 gallons of hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid mixed with freshwater spilled from a pipeline and into an unnamed tributary to Brush Run, which flows into Buffalo Creek, a high quality watershed; state inspectors found that at least 168 small fish and six salamanders died because of the spill (and there may have been more but the presence of leaves in the stream made finding all the impacted animals difficult), and frogs and other aquatic life were stressed because of the spill; the impact area was about .4 of a mile, along the entire length of the unnamed tributary, and the impact appeared to cease at the confluence with Brush Run, where there were no signs of any dead fish; when the company discovered the spill after normal work hours, it called a state inspector's cell phone instead of the state emergency line, in violation of state law.
Response: Company first noticed there was a problem when a subcontractor noticed a loss in pressure as it was pumping the flowback fluid and water through the pipeline and then inspected and found that a 90 degree PVC elbow joint that had been glued in place had become separated for some reason; pumping was shut down immediately and a makeshift dam was set up in the unnamed tributary; only about 500 gallons of the fluid was collected, the rest flowed into the stream; company poured an additional 1,200 gallons of freshwater into the stream to help dilute it; company developed new procedures to follow as part of its preparedness, prevention and contingency plan that contractors would have to follow when doing above ground fluid transfers, including documenting and doing more inspections of lines; the size of the fine was driven by the fact, according to the state inspector in a document in the file, that this incident was the company's "2nd incident involving line leak/fish kill + failure to properly notify" the state.

 

Source: Pennsylvania DEP Production Reports

Farm Name

Well No.

Product

Vol.

Days

Avg/ Day

End Date

KEARNS

1H

Gas

272,173

182

1,495

6/30/10

     

233,153

183

1,274

12/31/10

     

203,636

176

1,157

6/30/11

     

165,801

180

921

12/31/11

45% drop-off in 30 months

   

138,815

168

826

6/30/12

50% drop-off in 36 months

   

133,564

179

746 12/31/12

56% drop-off in 42 months

   

117,955

181

652 6/30/13

KEARNS

1H

Oil

6,978

159

44

6/30/10

    Cond.

5,172

183

28

12/31/10

    Oil

4,166

176

24

6/30/11

     

3,945

180

22

12/31/11

 

   

3,038

168

18

6/30/12

     

2,808

179

16 12/31/12
     

2,734

181

15 6/30/13

KEARNS

2H

Gas

413,243

215

2,599

6/30/10

     

207,342

183

1,133

12/31/10

     

181,291

176

1,030

6/30/11

     

164,010

180

911

12/31/11

68% drop-off in 30 months

   

136,671

164

833

6/30/12

67% drop-off in 36 months

   

149,759

175

856 12/31/12

73% drop-off in 42 months

   

127,996

181

707 6/30/13

KEARNS

2H

Oil

5,332

206

26

6/30/10

    Cond.

3,921

183

21

12/31/10

    Oil

2,673

176

15

6/30/11

     

2,544

180

14

12/31/11

     

1,614

164

10

6/30/12

     

1,362

175

8 12/31/12
     

1,415

181

8 6/30/13

KEARNS

3H

Gas

118,747

215

552

6/30/10

     

75,940

183

415

12/31/10

     

66,532

179

372

6/30/11

     

61,161

180

340

12/31/11

37% drop-off in 31 months

   

58,208

167

349

6/30/12

44% drop-off in 37 months

   

54,780

176

311 12/31/12

53% drop-off in 43 months

   

46,695

181

258 6/30/13

KEARNS

3H

Oil

5,120

208

25

6/30/10

    Cond.

2,611

183

14

12/31/10

    Oil

1,987

179

11

6/30/11

     

1,952

180

11

12/31/11

     

1,579

167

9

6/30/12

     

1,392

176

8 12/31/12
     

1,106

181

6 6/30/13

KEARNS

4H

Gas

361,969

215

1,684

6/30/10

     

211,128

183

1,154

12/31/10

     

186,834

179

1,044

6/30/11

     

174,427

181

964

12/31/11

45% drop-off in 31 months

   

149,618

162

924

6/30/12

42% drop-off in 37 months

   

165,193

170

972 12/31/12

51% drop-off in 43 months

   

149,989

181

829 6/30/13

KEARNS

4H

Oil

8,199

208

39

6/30/10

    Cond.

5,762

183

31

12/31/10

    Oil

4,592

179

26

6/30/11

     

4,644

181

26

12/31/11

     

3,680

162

23

6/30/12

     

3,421

170

20 12/31/12
     

3,934

181

22 6/30/13

KEARNS

5H

Gas

304,089

215

1,414

6/30/10

     

177,080

183

968

12/31/10

     

155,686

176

885

6/30/11

     

139,355

180

774

12/31/11

50% drop-off in 31 months

   

116,342

163

714

6/30/12

47% drop-off in 37 months

   

127,761

170

751 12/31/12

55% drop-off in 43 months

   

116,282

181

642 6/30/13

KEARNS

5H

Oil

6,729

208

32

6/30/10

    Cond.

3,353

183

18

12/31/10

    Oil

2,891

176

16

6/30/11

     

2,991

180

17

12/31/11

     

2,308

163

14

6/30/12

     

2,141

170

13 12/31/12
     

2,479

181

14 6/30/13

KEARNS

6H

Gas

27,402

215

127

6/30/10

     

194,126

183

1,061

12/31/10

     

175,054

177

989

6/30/11

     

161,992

181

895

12/31/11

46% drop-off in 23 months

   

80,027

141

568

6/30/12

47% drop-off in 29 months

   

93,302

166

562 12/31/12

52% drop-off in 35 months

   

92,045

180

511 6/30/13

KEARNS

6H

Oil

7,856

208

38

6/30/10

    Cond.

6,343

183

35

12/31/10

    Oil

4,868

177

28

6/30/11

     

4,754

181

26

12/31/11

     

2,311

141

16

6/30/12

     

2,255

166

14 12/31/12
     

1,737

180

10 6/30/13
 
Kearns Unit gas drilling pad
FracTech tanker trucks and 'Sand Kings'
on the Kearns Unit drilling pad
  
  
Magnum high pressure pumps lined up for fracking
Row of 6 MAGNUM 2500 trailer mounted, high-
pressure pumps provide fracking pressure
  
Red 'goat heads' mounted on each gas well are numbered

  
White plastic pipe running from a fluid impoundment
miles away is used to transport recycled
drilling wastewater
  
High impact NSF-61 pipe running along Fox Road
near West Middletown, Pa
  
 
Fluid impoundment and pump 3-miles away. The black
pipe runs to another impoundment Buffalo, Pa.
  
  
Weird looking suds in Buffalo Creek along Brush Run Road.
This creek flows into the Ohio River below Follansbee, WV
  
  
Notice the raised ridge of water around these strange "suds"
  
  
Brush Run Creek below the Kearns Unit.
What was this vac truck cleaning up on Oct. 28, 2009?

  

From PA DEP website 12-22-09

Authorization ID: 798421
Permit number: 95-7-60915-3
Site: KEARNS IMPOUNDMENT DAM PERMIT 95-7-60915-3
Client: RANGE RESOURCES APPALACHIA LLC
Authorization type: Centralized Impoundment Damn
Application type: New
Authorization is for: SITE
Date received: 05/20/2009
Status: Pending
 
Wastewater tankers
Wastewater tankers exiting the Kearns unit
 
 
 
  

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