In April 2010, Susquehanna County landowner Janice Gavern spoke to her neighbor, who had leased her land to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., about the well the company planned to drill on her land in Dimock Twp.
Ms. Gavern, 64, and her daughter run Arkangel Goat Farm on 3 acres in Jessup Twp. near Montrose. Ms. Gavern was at her neighbor's house buying hay for her goats when the neighbor asked Ms. Gavern to keep an eye on the new well.
"After the first day, basically, I was hooked," Ms. Gavern said. She ended up spending a year documenting the development of her neighbor's land from empty field to producing well pad.
Clad in heavy boots and jeans and carrying a red golf umbrella to shield her from rain and sun, she went out to her neighbor's land almost every day with her small digital camera, meticulously documenting the pad's construction.
She ended up with about 8,000 photos, about 650 of which she is making available as the first installment in a series of e-books on Amazon.com under the title "Photojournal of a Pennsylvania Natural Gas Well."
Read the rest of the article by clicking here.The first e-book documents Cabot's development of access roads, the well pad and the drilling of pilot holes, which guide the large rig when it drills a deeper well. The usual price is $9.99, but she is making it available free today and again on Feb. 1. She hopes to get more downloads overall.
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