UPDATE…http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2012/07/fracking-my-family/ “We’re told that those who get their land drilled first will have the highest yields and the most money. One speaker demonstrated with a straw and a cup of soda, showing that wherever drillers (his straw) first pierced would have access to the most gas (soda) below. He slurped loudly, then asked if anyone thought he’d leave much behind for those who leased their land later.”
Oil and Gas Journal back in 2008 wrote about the draining effect (lower inital production rates of later drilled wells) of nearby minerals over time. This is possibly part of the explaination of why the TAD records mineral valuations for First Baptist Church (who had their wells drilled first) enjoyed higher valuations (plus the prices were higher back then), yet 17 months later when Grace Lutheran Church got their wells drilled, they had significantly less valuations and about 11% less production (over a 26 month comparison time frame). I compared the 1H, 2H and 3H wells that started producing in 11/08 to wells 8H, 14H and 12H that were producing by April and August of 2010. If anybody wants to point the blame, our ordinance should have mandated shut ins until the price goes back up….in fact, it is sheer nonsense to allow the drillers to use up our minerals at the worst possible price. It is also sheer nonsense that they aren’t mandating emission controls for flying frack sand, and they are not mandating Green Completions. And even with Green Completions, something the EPA isn’t addressing for future mandates is the scrubbers needed for those flowback tanks (prior to a Green Completion). These scrubbers are available- I found a company called Vapor Point that sells these. Instead our ordinance losely asks for the drillers to use available emission control technolgies…..oh please….get some balls and mandate protections to the public will ya?