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Leaking well

Orphan Well - Leaking Oil

Open pit well

Abandoned Well - Open Pit


Water Monitoring - Macro-invertebrate Collection

Watershed education

Watershed Education - Revegatating a Stream Bank

Oil Field Artifact

Oil Field Artifact - Eccentric and Rod Lines

Mine water from well

Water Flowing From Abandoned Well

Plugged well

Orphan Well - After Plugging


Water Monitoring

Well Hunters

Orphan Well Hunters

We are a group of dedicated retired and senior volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds all interested in the common goal of protecting and preserving our watershed.

Our mission is to promote active and visible environmental stewardship.

Venango PaSEC is a project oriented group of volunteers. We encourage our members to get involved and participate in one or more of our established projects or create a project of their own. Our established projects include water monitoring, locating abandoned oil and gas wells and watershed education. This web site is designed to make our projects more visible and encourage others to become involved.

Updates and News

Pennsylvania confirms first fracking-related earthquakes

Spate of small earthquakes shuts down fracking activity in Lawrence County

"Shale Gas and Oil Development" A presentation at Dickinson College by Anthony "Tony" Ingraffea of Cornell University discussing the gas industry myths, new research, leaking wells and effects of methane on Climate Change
Climate Change Info from NASA

A new map has been added that shows the locations of Abandoned Wells found by Venango PaSEC and wells plugged by DEP
See the Map

Another new addition to our web site is a map showing the locations of unconventional gas wells and our stream monitoring locations.
Clicking on a stream location will provide a link to our data.
Stream Monitoring Map

This site provides resources that are useful to our members and others interested in protecting water quality in streams and water wells.

These resources are only a small sampling of the information that is available, however they are some of our favorites.


We welcome new members and volunteers. Come to one of our meetings and meet the group.

Contact:John Kolojejchick

e-mail us and we will add you to our notification list.