Video: Russo well flare 4/25/11
On the Russo property in Springville Township, Susquehanna County Pennsylvania, natural gas wells are flared 24 /7 for weeks at a time. This constant flaring is used to test production of the well. During the flaring process, chemicals used in the fracking of a well are released into the air. This includes acetalhyde, acrolein, benzene, ethyl benzene, formaldehyde, hexane, naphthalene, propylene, toluene, and xylenes. Light and noise pollution are also issues. Pennsylvania DEP currently allows open flaring on Marcellus Shale wells in the state and enforces very limited air quality regulation.
Here are two videos showing the flaring on 4/25/11:
A complete accompanying description from one of the videos appears below:
There was no smell, actually it smelled like cows, it is on a farm. A few miles away though it smells like a hot furnace. I wonder if an inversion affect was happening. The well site had no visible person watching the flares and there was another car with someone taking a picture, it is the new form of sightseeing here! there was a trailer and there was truck parked outside, so there was probably an employee inside, the brightness and noise is amazing.