More images of the Pratt well site

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.

View of the Pratt well site from County Road 5 on Sunday October 5.

View of the Pratt well site from County Road 5 on Sunday October 5, 2014.

View from the park at Primrose Lane and Crestview Lane in Vista Ridge, Monday October 6, 2014.

View from the park at Primrose Lane and Crestview Lane in Vista Ridge, Monday October 6, 2014.

Another view from the same park in Vista Ridge, October 6, 2014.

Another view from the same park in Vista Ridge, October 6, 2014.

Additional view from the park in Vista Ridge, October 6, 2014.

Additional view from the park in Vista Ridge, October 6, 2014.

View from the sidewalk that borders Vista Ridge on the northwest side, October 7, 2014.

View during an evening walk along the sidewalk that borders Vista Ridge on the northwest side, October 7, 2014.

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3 thoughts on “More images of the Pratt well site

  1. I was wondering if you heard about what went down at the meeting in the Vista Ridge Community Center yesterday? The landfill was granted a permit by the state to now accept sludge from the VR drill site and others around the state as well. Encana told the residents at the BoT hearing that they would be disposing of everything outside of our town. Well, they will be trucking 50-60 trucks a day of this “sludge” through the VR neighborhoods. It contains NORM, which they said are normal enough levels, so they will not be testing each truck that is filled with this “sludge”. I searched high and low for any information on this “public” meeting and could barely find anything. This will be going in front of the BoT shortly and hopefully more people in our town are realizing whats really happening with Encana. It’s just another lie to add to the list. Hopefully our town leaders do not allow this.

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      • Here is the summary of a resident that went to the meeting yesterday…….
        Summary from yesterday’s standing room only, Erie Landfill Meeting at the Vista Ridge Community Center:
        As suspected some of the liquids that will be coming to the new solidification plant will be silica mud from fracking sites. There will be about 50-60 extra trucks a day over and above the 400-500 trash trucks. The solidification plant will be on the northern section of the landfill there will be 4 concrete buildings that will be covered concrete tanks and one open tank for washing out the trucks.
        The state health department has already signed off on this and granted the permit, it now has to go to the Board of Trustees and there will be public comment and a hearing. The state tested the basins where fracking mud will come from and found the NORM (radiation) levels low so will not require individual testing of trucks that bring in the fracking mud.
        That’s about it – 50 % of the trucks will be from fracking and the rest from manufacturing waste. This in not just waste from the Vista Ridge Fracking sites. They will be trucking this fracking waste in from many fracking sites from all around the state to our landfill. The fact they’re NOT TESTING any of the trucks is WRONG. The sludge that’s left over is highly toxic and they want to truck it around past our schools and homes. I am very alarmed.
        The board has the option to deny them dumping the sludge in our town. Hopefully they do. The fact that the state already granted permits without the town knowing anything is proof that the oil and gas industry don’t have peoples best interests in mind.

        I hope that helps with some info. The fact that they will not be testing any of the trucks is very alarming. Supposedly, they’re (the landfill reps) are having another meeting at a more convenient time and available to more residents. (last one was at 4pm on a thursday and only vr residents were ‘notified’).

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