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The Birds-Eye View Of Marcellus

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

A drilling pad near a Wyoming County home

Thanks to Bill Foster and Arianne Sellers, I recently got a chance to fly over Bradford and Wyoming Counties in a Cessna, to take a look at what Marcellus Shale operations look like from above.

Here’s the bird’s-eye view of the drilling and hydraulic fracturing process, as well as completed well pads.




  • Mark Laskow

    Why not a shot of a site after drilling is complete and the site restored? Also, on image #3, those “storage containers” are temporary water tanks that leave when fracturing is complete. The “gas tanks” are probably for liquids (oil, roughly) or temporary storage of incidental water from the well. It will be hauled away and disposed of as waste.

    • TheProspector

      I think there were no shots of a completed site because they wouldn’t be noticed except by someone who has a history of knowing what they look like. By definition, you take pictures of what you can see. There are a lot of fields and open areas that may or may not be completed sites.

    • Don Dixon

      “disposed of as waste”, isn’t this a problem in itself?

    • Don Dixon

      “It will be hauled away and disposed of as waste.” Isn’t this a problem in itself?

  • ShaleGasExpert

    It would have been a more accurate picture, if you mentioned how short term the pads are. Who would want to live next to one of these the rest of their days? No one needs to as the scenes you show last weeks not years. The camera never lies, but the caption’s could use some context!

  • MaidenLady

    Weeks, not years? ShaleGasExpert needs a tour of his/her own…my neighbor’s well has been drilled and fracked multiple times over the past three years.

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