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Hi, my Utica gas well in Tioga county Pa. has been completed about a month ago and now waiting for the pipeline witch is about 3 months away. The question is this, the gauge on the well was at 6,100 psi and its been going up a little every day now its at 6,600 is that a good thing ? and why does it go up just sitting there? Thanks for your time
Frank
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Yes, the fact that it is going up and not down is a good thing.  The reason why the pressure goes up when it is shut-in is related to temperature.  When the well is flowing the gas will cool down the well bore and when it is shut-in it warms up.  When the temperature increases the pressure increases (since it is a closed system).

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David Traugott

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I can answer questions related to the technical issues associated with the drilling and completing of oil and gas wells; very familiar with the cementing process, LWD tools and Coiled Tubing operations. Limited knowledge of mineral rights and/or royalties.

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Seventeen years working as an engineer in the industry both in the field and in the office. Field locations include offshore, land, and overseas. Office locations include Lafayette, LA and Houston, TX.

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SPE, AADE, IADC, API, IEEE, ICoTA

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SPE Drilling and Completion Magazine, World Oil, Harts E&P.

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Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, UL Lafayette 1995. Strategic MBA, University of Houston-Victoria 2010

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Major and Independent Oil and Gas Companies.

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