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Why an old well is plugged, not “capped”; and how a well is supposed to be plugged; and why a lot of oversight of well pluggers is needed.
Resource Gallery WVSORO May 4, 2022
WVSORO has created a new slide show on its website that shows how well plugging should be done, to show how plugging it is not “capping” a well, and to explain why plugging companies need lots of oversight to prevent well pluggers from yielding to the financial temptation to do an easily hidden bad job. More
What a depleted oil or gas well should look like after it is plugged
Resource Gallery WVSORO November 3, 2021
Plugged well cross-section drawing and Monuments the driller is supposed to leave after the well is plugged More
Tags: Abandoned wellsOil and GasPollution
Getting the Waters Tested — PowerPoint Presentation on Base Line Water Testing
Resource GalleryWater Advice WVSORO October 1, 2013
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Tags: LeasingOil and GasWater
The industrialization of rural West Virginia caused by the Marcellus Shale gas play
Resource Gallery WVSORO December 12, 2010
A few years ago, Marcellus Shale gas was unrecoverable, and West Virginia was a relative backwater in the oil and gas industry. The new techniques of high-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have made a sea change in all of that. More
Tags: Marcellus shaleRural industrialization
What is the “Marcellus Shale”?
Resource Gallery WVSORO February 5, 2009
Basic information form the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey. More
Tags: Marcellus shale
A presentation on the Geology of the Marcellus Shale
Resource Gallery WVSORO February 29, 2008
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Tags: Marcellus shale
A technical presentation with photos on fracturing and stimulating this formation
Resource Gallery WVSORO February 3, 2008
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Tags: Marcellus shaleOil and Gas
Well Spacing and Royalty Sharing. (a.k.a. “Spacing, Pooling and Unitization”). What is it?
Leasing / Amendment AdviceResource Gallery WVSORO December 18, 2007
What it is, and why it should apply, instead of the Rule of Capture, to the drilling of all oil and gas wells in W.Va. More
Tags: LeasingPooling
How a Gas Well Is Drilled Down Into the Ground, and What Can Go Wrong
Resource Gallery WVSORO October 25, 2007
Emphasis will be on the measures the driller is required by the State to take to prevent pollution of groundwater or damage to other underground resources More
Tags: Drilling wasteOil and GasPollution
Example of Gas Well Drilling, Beginning to End
Resource Gallery WVSORO October 24, 2007
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