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State, local officials confirm no issues at Halcon well

Published: Mon, June 24, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Burton Speakman



There have been no problems reported at the Halcon Operating Co. well in the village even as the company has started the process of flaring natural gas at the site.

Flaring is a typical part of the process to test the pressure of the gas after a well has been fracked, said Mark Bruce, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The well is located on Brunstetter Road.

Fracking is the process in which water, chemicals and sand are blasted into rocks thousands of feet below the ground to unlock natural gas and oil.

“There are two options once the natural gas is released [after fracking]. It either has to go into a tank or be flared,” Bruce added.

In a lot of cases, the gathering lines haven’t been completed at the site, so flaring is done. When the natural gas is burned, there is a minimal environmental impact, he said.

Lynn Anderson, an anti-fracking activist, sent an email to The Vindicator alleging that emergency responders had arrived at the Halcon site Tuesday afternoon, and she questioned if there had been some type of problem at the well.

But Lordstown Police Chief Brent Milhoan said there were no calls of any type or emergency responders sent to the Halcon well that day.

The company doing the flaring at the Halcon well, FESCO Oil, had called the police department the previous day to inform them flaring would begin, he said.

There have been complaints about the well due to its proximity to the Westwood Lake Park, a mobile- home park, Milhoan said.

Bruce said it was possible that fire officials had come to the site to watch, but there had not been a call for any problem at the well.

Further, there had been no problems reported at the site, Bruce said. The company also contacted ODNR before starting flaring.

Flaring at the Lordstown site should be completed in about two weeks, said Vince Bevacqua, spokesman for Halcon.


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey Anderson, keep your nose out of other people's business!

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2VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years ago

Halcon, so far appears to be one of those drillers that is handling their operations in a professional manner. I have observed some of their other sites and have found them to be consistent.

Other operators have shown sloppy work and a lack of care, such as trucks entering the roadway and spewing mud, sludge and debris onto our highways for a mile or more. The operators have even gone to the trouble of using street sweepers to clean up the roadway, but they only create a reddish-brown slime that washes into ditches, perks into our soil and who knows what is in it.

A professional operator would prepare a substantial base and driveway for their trucks rather than allowing their trucks to enter the roadway carrying this muck. I have driven through some of this "stuff" and had to go to a car wash to remove it. My vehicle looked like I had just completed a 4x4 mud run. This is NOT responsible operations, this is negligent operations and should not be considered acceptable.

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