well·​head | \ ˈwel-ˌhed How to pronounce wellhead (audio) \

Definition of wellhead

1 : the source of a spring or a stream
2 : principal source : fountainhead
3 : the top of or a structure built over a well

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Flow lines typically are connected to a wellhead and carry fluids or gas to other parts of the network. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "New rules for oil, gas flow lines up next for Colorado regulators," 5 Sep. 2019 Many companies opt to simply burn much of the gas away at the wellhead rather than possibly lose money transporting and selling the cheap gas. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Permian methane emissions back on the rise after small dip," 4 Sep. 2019 North Dakota, which has a statewide cap on flaring extra gas produced at a wellhead. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado toughened up its oil and gas rules. But how tough are they?," 11 Aug. 2019 But the country club's consultant, John Garvey with Partners Environmental in Solon, said that in addition to removing the wellhead on the north side of Doan Brook, plans call for flushing the pipeline, then filling it with sand. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "Shaker council delays decision on country club rezoning for 2 new homes, dump remediation," 27 Aug. 2019 But Jim Cole, a long-time oil and gas lobbyist with Colorado Legislative Services LLC, said the state simply took a different approach to the issue of capturing wealth at the wellhead. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Is it too late for Colorado to capture billions of dollars in oil and gas tax revenues in a permanent fund?," 18 Aug. 2019 The wellheads are more than 400 feet (120 meters) underwater and buried under 60 to 100 feet (20 to 30 meters) of mud. Jeff Amy, The Seattle Times, "Federal lawyers: Gulf oil leak spills much more than thought," 17 Sep. 2018 To break down the oil faster, 700,000 gallons of a chemical dispersant were injected right above the wellhead. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "This Coral Must Die," 25 June 2018 Deep-sea coral's exposure was especially high because the broken wellhead was at the Gulf's bottom, at a depth of about 5,000 feet. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Oil spills are bad, but dispersants are worse for deep-sea coral," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of wellhead

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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