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Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Beaver County, PA
Re: Oil well behind camp
If your camp is in 2F (from your profile it looks like that's the case), call the PADEP NW Regional Office in Meadville and explain the situation to them. The well either already has a permit or will be required to get one (the notification you got is probably part of the permit process so it most likely hasn't been issued yet). If the permit isn't issued yet, they will have the operating company add your water supply to their well plat.
From there, state oil & gas law gives you some protection. Any drinking water supplies located less than 1,000' from a conventional well that show negative impacts within 6 months of drilling are presumed to be the responsibility of the well operator to repair/replace - unless it can be proven that the impact is not due to their operations. This is called "presumed liability" and it's the reason that many operators sample nearby water supplies before drilling.
In your case, they won't sample it if they don't know about it. Contacting PADEP should put it on the record for them.
Good luck with it. Hopefully things will go smoothly and it'll never be a concern.