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Marcellus Gas Drilling Bird's Eye View by joe seamans

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joe seamans joe  seamans
Explore score
0.73 Gigapixels
Date added
Nov 05, 2010
Date taken
Nov 02, 2010

Several things are going on here that I can see. The enclosed site houses the well head. The drilling rig was removed about a week earlier. The location is being prepped for completion and production. The well will be hydraulically fractured to bring gas into the well. The track hoe is removing cuttings from the plastic lined earth pit on the right side of the drilling pad. These cuttings will be hauled off in the red and light blue bins and likely hauled to a landfill. Earth pits may also be emptied of water, solidified with cement, and buried. On the lower left, a line of trucks are waiting to dump asphalt to repave the road. Before drilling begins the road is bonded by the operating company. Commonly the small country roads will be damaged due to the high volume of heavy truck traffic. Typically repairs will only be made only at the completion of the project. Roads may be in disrepair for some time before they are repaired as projects may last for many months. On the right, a gas pipeline is being buried in the ground. At the bottom of the image, the edge of the gas pipeline can be seen. It's coming up and over the hill where I'm standing.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 728 megapixels (60868 x 11964 pixels)
Input images: 95 (19 columns by 5 rows)
Field of view: 81.6 degrees wide by 16.0 degrees high (top=2.9, bottom=-13.1)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS 7D
Image size: 5184x3456 (17.9 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-11-02 10:23:36 - 2010-11-02 10:28:50
Aperture: f/11
Exposure time: 0.0025
ISO: 200
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 314.1 mm
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 38.6 to 46.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 37.3 to 39.3 percent
Computer stats: 12288 MB RAM, 8 CPUs
Total time 4:27 (2.8 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 51 seconds, Projection: 58 seconds, Blending: 2:39
(Preview finished in 2:53)

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