Range Resources Drills Longest Marcellus Well Ever – in Washington Co.

Somerset Township, Washington, PA

While it’s not as long as the longest Utica well in the world drilled by Eclipse Resources (19,500 feet long, see today’s lead story), Range Resources is tooting its own horn about drilling the longest Marcellus well–a huge 15,000 feet long horizontally. Range is the company that drilled the very first horizontal Marcellus Shale well, back in 2004. In those early days, the average length of the horizontal portion of the well (called the lateral) was around 2,500 feet long (half a mile). Today, the average lateral length is closing in on 3 miles! Recently Range was drilling a series of Marcellus wells in Somerset Township (Washington County), PA. When the lateral length hit 15,000, Range knew it was a new company record. As they began checking, they found it was also a Marcellus record–in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. The Range wells in Somerset are the (so far) longest Marcellus Shale wells ever drilled…

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