Contingent on FAA approval of the EA, the proposed plan outlines six well pad locations and three centralized water impoundments and proposes a total of 47 Marcellus wells, with the future potential to drill Upper Devonian wells. These are largely dictated by topographical and environmental features and while they make temporary impacts, it is critical that these locations are chosen so as to not obstruct future airport growth.
CONSOL Energy is hopeful that the Upper Devonian horizon can be built into its operational objectives for the airport project. However, the company will not have clarity on its potential until it begins drilling and can conduct analysis of core testing, which is estimated to occur in Q3 2014. Any development of the Upper Devonian formation would occur on the existing pad locations and utilize the same infrastructure to maintain operational efficiency, minimize environmental impacts, and maximize production potential.
CONSOL Energy projects that construction of the well sites, centralized impoundments and pipelines will begin in second quarter 2014. Drilling activity is expected to commence in July 2014 with two vertical rigs.
Upon the start of horizontal rig operations, the vertical rig count will be reduced to one and both units will run for the duration of the project through 2018.
The three proposed centralized impoundments are consistent with the ACAA and CONSOL Energy’s efforts to reduce our environmental impact and surface footprint across all of our operations. These impoundments will enable us to continue to recycle 100% of our flow back water and reduce truck traffic on and around airport property.
Approximately 17 miles of gas line (11 on ACAA property) and 12 miles of water line will be utilized to deliver gas to market and provide water for well completions. Just as with the drilling pad locations, these are largely dictated by topographical and environmental features and it is critical that these locations are chosen so as to not obstruct future airport growth.
CONSOL Energy has no plans to construct new public roads on airport property and will be able to rely on existing roads without any disruption to daily airport traffic. The drilling plan does call for construction of several access roads on and adjacent to airport property.
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