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Our look at natural gas activities around
TRINITY SOUTH ELEMENTARY

  AMWELL TOWNSHIP
WASHINGTON COUNTY, PA

Marcellus Shale gas drilling got underway in Washington County when the Renz Well was drilled near Westland, Pennsylvania in 2004. Since then, Marcellus drilling activity has greatly increased in Mt. Pleasant Township and surrounding townships in western parts of Washington County.
   
Drilling has also accelerated south of Washington Pennsylvania in both Washington and Greene counties. MarkWest and Columbia Gas Transmission are working on a joint project to increase pipeline capacity to and from the Waynesburg area. This is in conjunction with MarkWest's rapidly expanding cryogenic gas plant near Houston, Pa, and another gas plant to be built next to the existing Columbia Gas Transmission facility in Majorsville, Pa.
    
In order to move gas through pipelines, compressor stations must be built along Marcellus gas pipelines. One such compressor station is being built on Johnson Road, approximately one mile from Trinity Elementary South. In addition to that new construction, the photos below show two Range Marcellus gas drilling sites and extensive pipeline construction in this same area of Amwell Township around Trinity South.
    

 
Trinity South Elementary School
Trinity South Elementary School
  
  
View from Vankirk Ridge
   November 11, 2009
  
   
MarkWest compressor station and Trinity South Elementary
Foreground: MarkWest compressor station
Background: Trinity South Elementary School
  
  
MarkWest Compressor Station on Johnson Road in Amwell Township
  
  
Gas compressor
Large compressor for moving natural gas through pipelines.
One 95 hp compressor = 17 cars driving non-stop.
  
  
Natural gas compressor station
December 2009
Compressor station building is nearing completion
  
  
Gas pipeline construction in Washington County
  
   
View of natural gas activities on Marcellus Shale
Impoundments are constructed near gas drilling activities to hold the fluids necessary for fracing (pronounced 'fracking') horizontal wells into Marcellus Shale.
  
  
Stream buffer for gas pipeline construction
Black silt fence is used on both sides to
help provide a buffer for this stream
  
 
Trees removed for gas pipeline installation
Once trees are removed from pipeline right-of-ways they will never be replanted since these areas are kept clear of trees to protect the gas line potential damage.
  
  
Future gas pipeline headed to Greene County
Excavation has begun on the gas pipeline right-of-way
that extends south toward Waynesburg Pa.
  
  
Solar panels
Gas well sites and related gas sites use
solar panels as a remote energy source.
  
  
Gas well site in Amwell Township
Across the road from the MarkWest compressor station
on Johnson Road is an active gas well site.
  
  
Marcellus gas well flare
Gas wells flared at the nearby BEDILLION-DAY UNIT
during Christmas week 2009
  
  
Range Resources well sign
Range Resources sign for the JOHN DAY PRODUCTION PAD
wells No. 1 thru No. 8, just up the road from
Trinity South Elementary School
   
  
John Day Production Pad
Patterson-UTI rig #315 was moved from a site near Arden Fairgrounds to this site on South Main Street Extension, just up the road from Trinity South Elementary School. The extensive excavation work to both sides and the rear of this drilling rig indicate that an impoundment is being constructed to hold water and/or recycled wastewater for fracing this well and piping water to other Marcellus gas wells in the area.
  
  
Impoundment construction near Trinity South Elementary
Major excavation activity indicates impoundment construction. The impoundment next to the Waynesburg interchange has been in the newspaper due to the foul odors emanating from wastewater in the pit.
    
  
John Day Unit Impoundment for fracking.
14-million gallons of fluids or more.
 
 
March 2011 photo of gas pipeline and stream buffer with white plastic fluid pipe leading to and from impoundment
 
 
 

LINKS

Chemicals in Natural Gas Operations

Proposed school near gas well concerns Fort Worth neighbors

Natural Gas Drilling videos by Josh Fox

  
  
 
OVERSIZE AND OVERWEIGHT
IN AMWELL TOWNSHIP
  
 
   Oversize Load exiting a small country road with damaged
10-Ton weight limit bridge in photos below
  
  
Sign clearly indicating the weight limit on Main Street,
the road the truck is seen entering above.
  
  
Bridge damaged from heavy truck traffic for gas projects
Oversize loads (like the truck pictured above) have been regularly
crossing this small bridge that is posted with a
10-ton weight limit also used by school buses
  
  
Sign at the opposite end of Johnson Road:
Bridge
Weight Limit 10 Tons
1-1/4 Mile Ahead
  
  
Bridge damage from heavy trucks and oversize loads
Bridge damage - Is the guardrail the only thing damaged?
Check out the cracked concrete in the bridge abutment.
  
  
  

 

 
   

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