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What does a well site look like?

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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 1:49 pm

Sites differ because of location, local regulations and specific company operations, but in a general sense, a well site is surprisingly minimal for the operation. I consists of a concrete base called a well pad. In the middle will be the wellhead. During preparation of the well, there will be a large bore used for the drilling, but once the well has reached it’s maximum depth, the large apparatus will be removed. Surrounding the well are containment tanks that hold fracking fluid, some hold fluid that is to be pumped and others hold fluid that has flowed back. In some cases, there will also be containment ponds that hold the flowback fluid. Also, there will be an access road from the well pad to local roads for trucks to utilize.

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