The Snyder Farm Group in cooperation with Tioga Energy Partners LLC announced on July 8, 2015, at a press conference held at Barton Town Hall, that 2 applications for natural gas well permits have been filed with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The first application is for a vertical stratigraphic well into the Utica formation at approximately 9500 feet below the surface and is currently posted on the DEC’s website. This well will be used to evaluate the potential for natural gas in all the geological formations that the well bore passes through. The second application is to back out of the first well up to the Marcellus formation at about 4000 feet and turn horizontally into that formation where it will be stimulated with gelled propane to release the natural gas. This well unit located in the hamlet of Halsey Valley and the town of Barton, is a 56.56 acre unit with a single well bore. With this “test well” they hope to prove 3 things; first that this process is legal under the DEC’s current GEIS regulations adopted in 1992, second that the process is safe, and third that the results produce an economically viable natural gas well. Please stay tuned for further updates as this process develops. This was reported in the Press and Sun Bulletin article "Fracking with propane proposed for Tioga County, NY".
In achieving this milestone, we especially want to pay tribute to, and honor Nick Schoonover, for his years of tireless and unselfish efforts that largely led to this day. Nick Schoonover devoted the last 7 years of his life to bestow gas development financial benefits to all the residents of Tioga County - the county his family helped settle over 200 years ago. It would be accurate to say he gave his life for this achievement. Let’s all say a prayer and say thanks to Nick Schoonover. May he hear our gratitude.
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