In reading the comments on these drill baby drill videos, you learn some things and then sit back in horror when you relate it to urban drilling.
In Arlington, our City Council regularly permitted our 600 foot setbacks to be violated. So one can infer that some homes or businesses sit where mouse holes should have been?
I never did get follow up from our fire department (see letter below and follow request*) on how our violated setbacks may interfere with the need for relief wells to be drilled in the “rare” blow out event. I’ve read that they need to be positioned “vertically parallel (alongside), not perpendicular” to the existing well.
Back in 2008 in response to a Barnett Shale accident, Chesapeake officials said the employee fell 40 feet down the “mouse hole,” which is used to store pipe for the actual drilling which had not yet begun at the site. I guess safety isn’t Chesapeake’s number one goal, or their contractor would have had a cover over the “man trap”.
From: kim feil <email@example.com>
To: “firstname.lastname@example.org” <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 10:02 AM
Subject: follow up request on gas well blow out relief well positioning in urban areas