4/9/18 - Geokinetics
is complete with their seismic testing. However, they
have a total of nine (9) geophones (receivers placed
at the berm of streets) missing that were placed at
the following addresses:
1 @ 136 Mt Vernon Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146
1 @ 259 Young Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146
1 @ 1475 Madden Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146
Geokinetics is offering an amnesty if the missing
geophones are returned to the location from where
they were taken, and then the returnee calling 1-800-481-5736
informing Geokinetics that they have been returned
to their location. For
geophones not returned by Monday April 16th, Geokinetics
shall file a police report and will prosecute to fullest
extent of the law.
Survey in Monroeville...Residents
may experience a Monroeville company, Huntley &
Huntley Energy Exploration, LLC, conducting what is
called a Seismic Survey in their area. A Seismic Survey
is not a drilling operation, but it is a process of
exploring for natural gas using sound waves to “map”
the geological structure of Monroeville at different
This does not necessarily mean there will be drilling
or the process known as “fracking” in
Monroeville. There are many steps that have to be
strongly considered before that is to occur in Monroeville,
if indeed it does happen.
testing is the procedure to explore for natural shale
gas through using “vibroseis trucks” on
streets and roads. Here's a link to a short clip to
give you an idea of the type of vehicle(s) you may
see during the seismic testing. To view clip, click
Municipality of Monroeville shall be taking legal
action so that Geokinetics complies with the notification
section of the Seismic Testing Agreement.
stop work order response letter.
11:25am, April 4, 2018, Paul Burke, attorney for Huntly
and Huntley, personally appeared at the Municipal
building and was issued a Stop
Work Order to Cease and Desist seismic testing
operations in the Municipality due to Geokinetics
not complying with Section 6 (Notification) of the
Seismic Testing agreement between Geokinetics and
Municipality of Monroeville.
Testing Zone Map
The link above is a Zone Map showing where seismic
testing will be performed in later February and March.
The shaded beige area is the seismic testing area
subdivided into zones. Seismic testing will be begin
in the northeastern section of the Municipality on
February 25th. The process in that area will probably
take two (2) weeks. The southwestern section on the
Municipality will have seismic testing beginning in
mid-March. It may take longer. These times may slightly
vary. You may have already received a door hanger
on your front door with information on it that further
explains the seismic testing.
The green dots on the roads in the beige shaded areas
are “receivers” that the seismic testing
company, Geokinetics, will place within the right-of-way
of the road. The right-of way of a road is established
to permit utility companies (gas, sewage, water, etc.)
the right to access their utilities for maintenance.
Keep in mind that the right-of-way of a road greatly
varies. Most rights-of-ways in newer housing plans
are fifty (50) ft., which would be 25 ft. from the
center of the road, but this does not mean yours is
50 ft. Some may be 60 ft. Some may be 33 ft. The right-of-way
most likely crosses over the berm of the road and
may be part of your property that closely borders
the road. As a result, the technicians from Geokinetics
are permitted to be in that area to place their receivers
near the berm of the road. The receivers will send
a signal to what is called a “Vibroseis”
truck that will come along that same day or the next
day. Once the vibroseis truck passes the receiver
will be picked-up.
of Intent to Conduct Seismic Testing...Geokinetics
will be conducting seismic testing in your area. The
survey will primarily consist of the use of
vibroseis trucks along state and pubiic roads. Geokinetics
will also be utilizing the state and municipal right-of-ways
where recording devices will be placed.
In areas where there is no access for the vibroseis
trucks and only where the landowners have granted
permission, Geokinetics will utilize private property
for energy source operations.
On the 25th and 26th of January door hanger notifications
were put out on:
Old Frankstown Rd.
Logans Ferry Dr.
Only roads on the northern part of Monroeville had
door hangers and only where vibroseis will be done.
Testing will begin on or after Feb. 25, 2018.
Residents may call the toll free number for more information
or if they have any questions.
who are interested in the recently-passed Monroeville
Ordinance regarding oil and gas wells, should note
that the legality of this ordinance is being challenged
Here are the related legal documents.
The ordinance which
was just passed:
2669 has references to ORD1443
The Court-related documents:
For Preliminary Injunction 10-18-17
For Expedited Hearing on Preliminary Injunction 10-18-17
of Law in Support of Preliminary Injunction 10-18-17
Motion - Expedited Hearing 10-26-17
To Show Cause
- Second Motion Expedited 10-26-17
Brief in Opposition to the Preliminary Injunction
Executed Seismic Settlement Documents 11-27-17