Oil wells in the “Illinois Basin” the day after the small earthquake
One of our correspondents has filmed video of oil wells near his home in rural Wayne County, several miles south of where the small 2.7 was epicentered late Monday night. The point of filming this was not what you can see, but what you can HEAR. Our correspondent is familiar with how oil wells and the pumpjacks on them work, and has noticed that when we have seismic activity in the Illinois Basin, the wells “pull hard.” This is what you hear when the rhythmic ‘tickticktick’ of the well slows down:
The second video is of a deeper well that has its perforations in the O’Hara and McCloskey streams and is drilled to about 3800 feet:
So here you have it….our correspondent said that up to 20 wells have been shut down since they began pulling so hard. Hopefully we’ll have an update….or maybe a shaker. One can never tell.
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