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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Oil well behind camp

Just recieved a letter from a surveyer that they are drilling for oil around camp. Two of the wells will be within 250 yards of use. My problem is that there map show both of the neighbors water wells but our camp is set up with a shallow jet pump from a spring that is on the property next to ours. Its been this way since the camp was built long before we bought it. If they drill the wells and the spring goes dry or gets poluted what are my options.the spring is not marked on the map, it feeds into a feeder stream that flows into a stocked trout stream.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 08:24 AM
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Re: Oil well behind camp

Have well tested and chemically analyzed now.

Also report the location and setup of the well to the drilling company.

Is your position a short term gain - or a long term loss? Separate the issues.
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Contact the drilling company, they will test your water, and of course you are free to have your water tested also.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Oil well behind camp

Im not to concerned about it being polluted but the spring is not shown on the map so basicly it shows my camp doesnt have water
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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.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2013, 09:37 PM
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One point - when you have the water sources tested prior to the well drilling, spend the $$ and have the samples taken by professionals wither from a certified lab or a certified sampling company. Chain of custody, or who took that samples and by what standards were they taken, is going to be a BIG thing if you ever need to use those results. Otherwise, they can say that you took the samples wherever you wanted to, or added whatever later to the samples.
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Where exactly is your camp? Is it west of Bradford Pa?

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Get yourself a water tank for your cabin and bring bottled water to drink...
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Re: Oil well behind camp

why would he do that? It seems he has a good water source now.
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Re: Oil well behind camp

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Where exactly is your camp? Is it west of Bradford Pa?
Between tionesta and pleasantville.
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