Fracking Begins at City Site

Full operation will take two weeks

Morgantown Dominion Post
1 October 2011
By David Beard

Fracking has begun at Northeast Natural Energy’s Morgantown Industrial Park well pad. “We are under way. Things are going well,” Northeast President Michael John told The Dominion Post early Friday.

Horizontal well fracking is done in stages, starting at the far end of the horizonal bore and working backward.

Morgantown Utility Board (MUB) General Manager Tim Ball said the first stage was completed at about 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Ball said all safeguards are in place and “we are on site to observe.” Northeast has two wells on the pad. The full operation is expected to take about two weeks, Ball said. MUB’s website shows the agency is testing Monongahela River water at five locations. Water quality data is available at According to Northeast’s agreement with MUB, which was incorporated into Northeast’s permits, the company will collect all fracking wastes in appropriate containers and ship them offsite to an approved landfill or injection well. It is documenting all shipments.

The recovered water will either be recycled for use at a different well or injected into an approved deep well, John said.

The full list of fracking chemicals is also posted, along with material safety data sheets for each.

The fluid is chiefly water, 89.23 percent, and sand, 10.67 percent (numbers are rounded).

The other chemicals are: