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Companies Exploring Horizontal Shallow Wells

Industry experts believe that horizontal drilling of shallow wells could be an opportunity for small family-owned drillers, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Shallow horizontal wells and fracking are more affordable than in the past due to improved technology and a larger workforce trained in the process.  According to the Tribune-Review, PENNECO became the first company to horizontally drill and frack a well for oil out of a conventional formation in Pennsylvania when it completed a well in Lower Burrell in early 2011.