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Horizontal Drilling Brings Environmental Benefits

June 15, 2014
By ROLLAND KIDDER

ack in the days (1970-2005) when wells were being drilled vertically in New York state, there needed to be an access road and approximate two-acre drilling pad constructed for every well. Since the minimum spacing required by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was 1,220 feet between wells, this meant that a road and drilling site needed to be constructed for every 40-60 acres of land involved. The average gas well in those days, drilled in the Medina Sandstone, had lifetime reserves of about 150 million cubic feet of natural gas.

 
 
 

 

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