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I was up in Potter today on E. Fork Rd above Conrad. The well they are/were drilling had a flame burning what looked to be 50 feet in the air. It was not right next to the drilling rig so it must have been a planned/normal thing.
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Re: gas well flame

On Sunday I saw the same thing, a Marcellus well was flaring along Route 144 (The Ridge Road) going from Snowshoe towards Renovo, just a few miles past the intersection with Route 879. I'm not sure if this was on private land or state gamelands or state forest.

Does anyone know how much flaring goes along with Marcellus operations? And why does it have to be done? It seems like they are burning and wasting their product. Why?
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Re: gas well flame

My brother told me they light up the night sky when they flare them off up in Tioga. Normal procedure, but I do not know why they do it.

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Re: gas well flame

I talked to a crew at a well near me with a flare. They told me they were cleaning up the well in order to get production numbers. Not sure how long they flared probably a week or two at most. They also told me they were only cleaning one well at that time. Two more later.
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Re: gas well flame

when they frac a well, they shove about 6 million gal ( +/- ) down the whole. when they are done, the gas comes out of the ground along with some of the water.
this water is called FLOW BACK WATER. for the first several days the water volumes are higher and come in burst.
companys who flare wells,( not all do ) usally open them wide open, catch the water while burning off the gas. this also gives them a idea of flow rates out of the well.

the water will continue to flow back, supposedly for the life of the well. that is why there are big holding tanks on well pads. a seperator will capture the water and divert it to the tank, while the gas goes to a pipeline.

that is the basic explanation that was given to me from gas comp.

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Re: gas well flame

A flare can be run for a number of different reasons. These reason run from pipeline infastructure not being in place to compressor station work is scheduled, to initial flowback on wells.
Flowbacks normally happen between 24 hrs to 10 days after a well is frac'd. A company will come in flare the gas off as they get returns in water. normally when a well is turned on you can get about 130-160 bbls an hr. which peters off rather quickly after a few days. once returns in water are managable, the company turns the well over to the operators and the seperators handle it from there on out.
as buzz stated above, operators will have a good idea of how the well turned out when flaring.

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Re: gas well flame

I was told they do that if they hit 2 pockets they burn off the smaller one to get to the larger pocket.We had one here burn 2 weeks.
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There is a propane tank farm in Lancaster Co. Every so often there is a flame coming from a pipe in the tank farm. I never understood why they burn off their product.

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Re: gas well flame

They were hauling in the frac tanks for the well down the road from camp, when I was up here over Labor Day.

Came back up Wed. evening and they were still fracking it. They finished it Friday morning. All the "pump trucks" were gone by Sunday afternoon, now they're busy moving the tanks out to the next job. My cousin said once all those pump trucks moved in, they were at it 24/7.

This morning there is a flare going. No flare yesterday, as I was past there right after dark.

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