CANONSBURG – Consol Energy Inc. said Saturday that it will flare a Utica Shale test well in Rogersville this weekend.
The Southpointe-based company said in a press release that the flaring is necessary as completions operations have concluded and flowback has begun on the well.
“As pipeline capacity exists for only a portion of the gas anticipated to be extracted from the well during initial production, flaring will be necessary,” the company said. “The process will be directed by Consol Energy operations professionals and contractors in a safe and responsible manner.”
Due to the well’s hilltop location in Rogersville, the flare is expected to be visible from several miles away.
The company said a comprehensive plan was developed in close coordination with all local officials, first responders and appropriate state and federal agencies to review the standard protocols of the flaring process. Residents in the immediate area have also been notified of this activity.
According to information from Consol, the flare stack for the project is approximately 175 feet in height with the flare itself expected to extend another nearly 200 feet.
Flaring is expected to last approximately three days.