Construction at the Pratt site continues at a rapid pace. According to Encana’s Courtesy Notice (dated September 2), we can expect the pad construction at each site to take 6-8 weeks. Drilling is scheduled to begin at the Pratt site in October, and is anticipated to last 100 days. That means drilling will happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 100 days next to our homes, parks, and walking trails. And that is just the Pratt site. The Waste Connections site is scheduled for drilling to begin before the end of the year, and there will be 100 days of drilling at that site as well.
Even more disconcerting is that the process of fracking happens AFTER the drilling phase. It is technically part of the “completion phase”. By Encana’s own admission, there will be “increased noise and significant truck traffic” during this phase. The Courtesy Notice is less clear about how many total days we can expect fracking to take place. Encana estimates that the completion phase takes approximately 5 days per well. But remember, there will be total of 13 wells divided between the Pratt and Waste Connection sites. Simple math would dictate that fracking will take place at each site for 30-35 days, depending upon number of total wells.
I will continue to observe, and document what I see.