On April 15, 2010, ADP Board President Bill Belitskus and I hiked through the Glad Run Watershed, a tributary of the South Branch of Kinzua Creek near Kane, PA. We are monitoring this area because soon this watershed will be subjected to clear-cutting (North Drive In Timber Sale), shallow well drilling (TEIS Area 8), and deep gas well drilling as East Resources moves forward with its plans to drill a Marcellus Shale Gas well in the headwaters of the South Branch of Kinzua Creek.
We discovered the Marcellus Shale gas well location through a file review at the Meadville Offices of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). According to the coordinates provided on the well permit, the well will be drilled on FR 186A, a short road leading to a stone pit on the south side of FR 186. The western end of FR 186 intersects Route 6 near the the drive -in theater east of Kane, and the eastern end of FR 186 meets FR 150, not far from Route 219 north of Lantz Corners. The well permit shows that East Resources will use hydraulic fracturing and drill at least one horizontal bore thousands of feet from the well-head south toward Route 6.
This well, and the Marcellus Shale gas well that Pennsylvania General Energy (PGE) is drilling on Coalbed Run near Deadman Corners will be the first Marcellus Shale gas wells on Allegheny National Forest land.