The basics of natural gas hydrofracking was the topic of Sunbelt Landowners Group attorney Ms. Mary Heydu at a gathering of Landowners and Gas Well Interests and Concerns (LOGIC) members at Papas Restaurant on East Main Road, Route #20, Ripley. Currently, Ms. Heydu explained that the existing Medina sand formation wells in Chautauqua County are vertically fracked in a forty acre plot for each well.
In contrast, horizontal fracking into the much deeper Marcellus and Utica shale involves drilling one well per square mile (640 acres) with subsequent protrusions sideward into the particular formation. Consequently, horizontal fracking creates considerably less disturbance to the landscape as there are fewer well sites.
Ms. Heydu continued to reflect that the positive effect of natural gas drilling would include increased lease and royalty revenues as well as improving the roads and bridges in affected areas. Further, she stated the corresponding activity would greatly enhance employment opportunities throughout the region.
Pictured above are Mrs. Maureen and Mr. Dale Davis of Landowners of Gas Well Interests and Concerns (LOGIC), attorney and speaker Ms. Mary Heydu, and Mr. Al Boyer and Mr. Tim Hull of Empire Energy, Mayville.
For more information on LOGIC, please contact President Tom Hebeisen at 792-9079.