Drilling underway on Sheridan well – Marathon will use fracking technique

October 30, 2015

Work is begining at the Marathon Oil drilling site on the corner of Beaverton and Cornwell Roads in Sheridan Township.

Work is begining at the Marathon Oil drilling site on the corner of Beaverton and Cornwell Roads in Sheridan Township.

By Pat Maurer

Drivers on Beaverton Road may have noticed a lot of activity and the beginning of a well drilling operation at the corner of Cornwell Road north of Clare.
Marathon Oil of Huston Texas and Michigan has begun drilling a new well in Section 18, T17NR3W of Sheridan Township. Marathon said they do not anticipate this well to be a H2S (Hydrogen Sulfide) well, but that H2S formation “may be encountered during drilling activities.”
The well is on the David Schlabach property on the southeast corner of Beaverton and Cornwell Roads.

In an earlier interview, Marathon Oil Public Relations Manager Dorysa Moore said hydraulic fracturing will be used in the drilling process. She  said, “We will be utilizing the hydraulic fracturing technique and our estimated volume of water is 1.8 million gallons, as noted in our drilling permit applications. She added, “These activities are consistent with the Company’s efforts to identify potential oil and natural gas resources that could ultimately be developed in commercial quantities.

Moore said, “The Company will conduct these activities consistent with the Company’s core values and long held commitment to responsible operations, the safety and well being of our workers and the surrounding community, and protection of the environment.”
Marathon also obtained permits for another well in Michigan, this one in Crawford County.

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