Only one Marathon well scheduled in Clare County

September 25, 2015

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

According to information from Marathon Oil Government and Public Relations Manager Dorysa Moore Monday, Marathon is planning to drill a well using hydraulic fracturing in Sheridan Township of Clare County.

According to Sheridan Township Supervisor William Strouse in a phone interview last week, the well location will be on the David Schlabach property on the southeast corner of Beaverton and Cornwall Roads.

A second Michigan well will be drilled in Crawford County she explained.
She said Marathon Oil of Huston, Texas and Michigan, “has acquired oil and gas producing properties and acreage in Michigan and has submitted a permit application for an exploratory well in Clare County. The company has also submitted a permit application for an exploratory well on our Company’s existing acreage in Beaver Creek Township in Crawford County.”

She said, “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 are discovered. It is premature to speculate on additional being drilled and future activity in this area. Copies of the permit application can be obtained through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals.”
She added, “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.

At marathonoil.com, fracking is explained in detail. In part the site says, “Marathon Oil has a long-standing commitment to protecting the environment. The facts are that hydraulic fracturing is a safe procedure that has been used by the oil and gas industry for more than 60 years on more than 1 million wells with great success and for the benefit of energy consumers.”

Responding to claims that the process can harm water supplies, the site adds, “The fundamental way to protect drinking water is through managing the well’s integrity. It is important to realize that the well is completely sealed off from the aquifer with two or more steel and cement casings or liners, which are monitored for integrity prior to, during and after the fracture stimulation. These casings are pressure tested before a fracking job to ensure they do not leak, and they are monitored for pressure buildup during the process.”

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 wellbeing of our workers and the surrounding community, and protection of the environment.”

According to information Clare County Emergency Manager Jerry Becker received from the Marathon Oil Company last week, the well will be 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.” There is an H2S contingency plan for both wells if H2S is found, the Marathon information said.
Marathon said, “Activities are expected to begin in the fall of 2015.”

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