Share This Page

South Buffalo approves 2nd XTO Energy drilling site

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:24 a.m.

This summer, XTO Energy plans to build two well pads — each large enough for eight Marcellus shale gas wells — on sites about 2 miles apart in South Buffalo.

Supervisors on Monday approved a drilling project on the Frantz property off of Furnace Run Road. Earlier this month, the board agreed to allow drilling on the Lindsay Farm off of Iron Bridge Road.

Both sites will have 300-foot-by-400-foot well pads.

Drilling is expected to take place in November and December.

One or two wells will be drilled at each site to determine whether the productivity is high enough to warrant drilling the other wells on the pad.

“I don't know that we're going to drill all those wells,” said XTO attorney Shawn Gallagher.

It will takes about a month to complete a well.

Water needed to hydraulically fracture the wells will be pumped from Buffalo Creek.

XTO has a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection that allows it to draw up to 1.2 million gallons a day from the creek, said Derek Folmer, land surface coordinator for XTO.

Each well requires between 4 million and 6 million gallons to complete.

For the Frantz site, the water will be pumped from the creek near South Scenic Drive, then piped under South Scenic and Furnace Run to the drilling area.

XTO will bore under both roads to run the water pipe.

Water will be pumped from the creek near Iron Bridge Road for the Lindsay well.

Both drilling sites are located near a similar operation on South Scenic Drive where the company built a well pad two years ago.

Company officials said XTO also has plans to drill wells on property on Horseshoe Drive north of Route 28.

Supervisors expressed concern about the deterioration of Furnace Run Road under heavy truck traffic.

The road has never been paved, just tar-and-chipped, and supervisors worry the base won't hold up.

“We've had experience with you (XTO) on the Bowser well (South Scenic Drive), which is a dirt road, and you've done very well,” said Supervisor Glenn Heilman. “But Furnace Run is going to require more than putting down stone.”

Folmer said if the base does deteriorate then the company will restore it and tar-and-chip the road.

They'll make sure that local traffic can pass, he said.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at jweigand@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.