Re: Crooked Pipeline
Because of the short half-lives of Barnett Shale gas wells, I suspect the 20-30 year numbers are exaggerations intended for the consumption of mineral owners and investors. The wells may last that long and produce for that long, but in the later years, I'd be highly surprised if they got a fraction of what they get at first. At any rate, I don't think we will be doing the testing more than the few initial years or when there is a problem. Either we don't find anything in the air, in which case, we call it good and stop regular testing, or we find something, raise hell about it, get it fixed, then re-test. Only way we continue with long-term regular testing is if we end up with levels of contaminants that cause concern, and we are not able to get the operator to abate the problem. Also, we may see the city begin doing its own testing.
Supposedly the natural gas would have little to no odor as it comes out of the well. Odorants are typically added after processing so that we can detect leaks in our homes. There are meters that could be used to detect explosive quantities of gas leaks, but as far as I know, our ordinance doesn't require any sort of automatic monitoring for that. Williams has committed to daily site-visits on these wells, so hopefully no major leak would go more than a day without someone noticing. More likely, a major leak would be called in after a citizen hears something, or in the case of a fire or explosion. In Flower Mound recently, a leak was called in by a citizen before Williams detected it.
I also noticed that the rig that was drilling Chesapeake's AD well is now down. I'd be surprised if they've had time to frac it yet though. The Williams rig is still up and drilling on the ACE pad site.