Chesapeake Appalachia, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, has received clearance from two townships in Washington County, Pennsylvania, to move forward with plans to drill five gas wells. Three of the wells will be drilled in Robinson Township, and two in North Fayette Township. Supervisors in both townships voted unanimously (3-0) to allow drilling to begin. The PA Department of Environmental Protection will still need to approve permits, but all systems appear to be “go” for drilling to begin.
Each well will take approximately three weeks to drill with drilling activity scheduled seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The approvals were granted contingent on certain guarantees and conditions about safety.
For full details, see: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Mar 4) – Officials OK plan to drill Marcellus shale for natural gas