I read the permit as saying they were going to drill 4 wells in the large unit. That may not be correct. I would like someone to clarify this if possible. I would not have a problem with a large unit and long laterals if this is the case.
Benjamin at Wright Water Resources can tell you what the legal rights to that water will be. I know that in the case of the BOE ( that is Miss. not La.) Encana got water from the upper Amite River by pump and pipeline to that well. Did they pay the local landowner for the water itself ? I know they paid for access to it. They needed a place to set up their pumps and water lines and a holding reservoir.
I would say that if your property lies near such a water source(even within a few miles) you have a potential well site. Transporting by truck the amount of water needed to frack is expensive. If you have access to water they can use your pond or dig a pond on your property to use as a holding tank for their water needs. Contact Benjamin and he can tell you more about this. I would register with him, especially if you have a lake or pond or a good site to put one in.
Registering with Wright Water Resources is free and might increase your chances of getting noticed by O&G scouts looking for drill sites. Now is not too early to register your water. Benjamin Hall is very knowledgeable about selling water in the Haynesville Shale. He has a lake and sells his own family's water. That's how his Company started.
Recently a landowner told me personally that he had missed out on some $ because they told him they weren't aware when they scouted his area that he owned a pond near their planned well site. They had already made a water agreement with another landowner farther away from the well site. This is why O&G companies are seemingly very receptive to information gathered by Wright Water Resources. Water availability info, even if it is a lesser consideration, helps them find the most economically advantageous well sites in a play like the TMS. Yours is a sizeable lake and could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in water sales if they started drilling your area heavily.
Thanks for that info, my parent's neighbor has a big pond he wanted to find out about!! But also be warned, if they get rights to the water, they will suck that pond dry! Check the level of Toledo Bend Reservoir! Its not just from drought. I have seen many people selling their pond water here in the Haynesville to be left with a mud hole. Make sure water agreements, as to levels are met, unless you don't care about it, or there are frequent rains. Fracing can take many thousands of barrel's of water. Drilling is around 7-8 thousand barrels (ie 7000 bbl x 42 gal = 294,000 gal water). Some fracs in Haynes ville I have seen with 40 or more Frac tanks with 500bbl water each (20,000 bbl x 42 = 840,000 gal water) not trying to be a spoiled sport, but we have had water shortages in NW LA, just keep that in mind!! I really hope the TMS succeeds, my family will be in the middle of it, and I hope I get the chance to be a part of it too.
Good info Gregory. I recommend anyone with water questions or if thinking about building a pond to sell water, contact Wright Water Resources for advice before taking action. It does take a lot of water to drill and frac. There are evolving State regulations concerning use of water sources for fracking that landowners need to look at. Benjamin is also knowledgeable in the area of regulations: www.wrightwaterresources.com. If the TMS or the Austin Chalk develops in any big way there will be a huge need for water and some landowners could get in on that. Like you said, they are having to truck water from Toledo Bend for the Haynesville and that can be expensive. In my opinion only, local landowners could lose out if they don't register their water resource because there are some very large water suppliers (Heckmann from California) is one that is already scouting the TMS and already active in the Haynesville and other shale plays setting up contracts to deliver water to the O&G industry. If they or others like them secure a contract to obtain and deliver water in your area you could be left completely out of the loop.
I apologize to everyone for my long posts of late. I know I have a tendency to over explain.