About half of the wells we examine that have condensate storage tanks don't have proper secondary containment. State regulation (35CSR1.7) and, in some cases, federal regulation (40CFR112) requires this.
The wells discussed in this video (47-079-00570, 47-079-00583, 47-079-00735) are all near the Pocatalico River in Putnam county. We've drawn the state's Office of Oil and Gas' attention to these wells starting in January 2009.
The problems we've seen in our area aren't particular to a single bad operator, nor are the problems limited to this part of the state. This new well on Buckeye Creek in Doddridge county, is in the north of the state. The red tank (partially obscured by trees to the left) doesn't have secondary containment. The operator also ignored state requirements for sediment control.
An Underground Injection Control Class 2 Well in Putnam County, WV
Three videos about issues at a UIC Class 2 well in Fayette county
Two Problem Wells
You Get Used To It
They Don't Do It That Way Any More: Fracturing with Explosives
Drilling Causing Problems in Wetzel County, West Virginia
Gas Well Study Cooking Class: Making Fracking Gel
Natural Gas: Blunders and Numbers
Bad Well Bad Well Bad Well
Natural Gas: Trashing the Surface Owner
Three Natural Gas Wells
Gas Well Study is the examination of natural gas wells in West Virginia.
Underground Injection Control Class 2 Wells
These wells are used either for the disposal of oil and gas liquid waste or for the enhanced recovery of oil or natural gas.
Gas Well Study Site Visits
Annual reports, environmental assessments, and individual well information.
Select videos from the Gas Well Study YouTube channel.
What Happened at Fernow
An investigation into what caused the vegetation death in the land application area after landspraying hydraulic fracture flowback waste.
The Spill at Buckeye Creek
An investigation into a spill from a Marcellus well site into Buckeye Creek in Doddridge county.