BUT WAIT!…This June 19 2016 article says the states don’t have the money?….“But these responses — if they even wind up working — are still years from meeting the growing backlog of untended wells. Texas officials predict the number of orphaned wells could soar to 12,000, which would be nearly 25 percent more than what regulators can’t keep up with now.”
In an Arlington TX Gas Well Municipal Council Committee meeting update on 6/7/16, council committee members were informed that Rule 14 has already been called upon when the Viridian was being planned “…not only do we have the bondings and letters of credit that we could cash in and any insurance forms that would allow us, the Texas Railroad Commission also has under Statewide Rule 14 a plugging and abandonment where the state would come in. They would take control of that pad site, they would essentially remove the wells from that pad site, and then put the pad site back into the state that it was prior to the wells heads coming in. We do know this as a fact due to the fact that during the Viridian area coming in, there was some very old gas wells out there. The state came in, they plugged and abandoned, and now we have built an infrastructure over that“.
Built an infrastructure OVER that? I always heard you can never ever build anything on top of a well head…..Dorothy we are not in KANSAS!
Kansas’ plugging procedures say to “16. Leave some casing above ground surface and establish a monument on the remaining wellhead for elevation survey purposes“.
In this video, a blanket ASSurance response of “No sir” from Mr. Gregory was given when Councilman Parker posed a gas well cement plugging integrity question….“There is no damage (risk) of that (cement) ever breaking or having a problem with it later on down the road?”….
RRC Rule 14 states….
- “Tagging, pressure testing, and/or respotting of any plugs may be required if necessary to insure that the well does not pose a potential threat of harm to natural resources”.
I’m sorry (note sarcasm) that our staff can: see into the future, KNOW that drillers hire competent cementers given RRC blessings to plug wells, KNOW that they ALL follow RRC rules, and that no frackquakes will ever happen (near the Viridian that sits on the one of the largest fault lines in North America)!
And knowing how understaffed the RRC is more worrisome as this link, https://hub.globalccsinstitute.com/publications/long-term-integrity-co2-storage-%E2%80%93-well-abandonment/2-well-plugging-and-abandonment admits….
“However, proper plugging of a well is not always successful at first attempt. A long standing standard was that an average successful plug at the bottom of a wellbore would require 2.4 attempts (Crawshaw and Frigaard, 1999)”.
Additionally, I personally know and have interviewed Dale Henry, who has run for a RRC commission seat many times in the past. He has spend part of his career PLUGGING wells. Last we spoke on that topic Mr Henry (a now retired Petroleum Engineer) was saying how incompetent the state is to try to use a “one size fits all” approach on well plugging.
Live by a gaswell in Arlington gasland TX? Feel good about the long-term integrity of the cement casings or the plugging with cement? Read this…..