Dear RDA Members,
We are still getting back to normal around here, but a couple of our working group members went on rig tour on Monday to try and learn how industry practices are changing.
Two things stood out upon approaching the well pad, perched high up on a hillside in a wide valley of mixed forest and meadow country in one of our northern tier counties. One, it seems it doesn’t occur to those operating tours that a 300’ x 400’ flat, compacted flat pad, gouged out from the middle of a hillside, would not be seen as anything other than a sight that would make anyone’s pride swell with admiration for American mastery of earth moving skills. And two, there was a 3 ½’ high berm running around the edge of the well pad, which, except for the access road onto the pad which is angled down into it, encircles the pad and provides containment for about 3M gallons of fluid should an event occur that needs to have that much fluid contained.