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Methane reported in 2 northern Pa. water wells

Published: Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 9:40 a.m.

CANTON, Pa. (AP) — State environmental regulators say methane had to be vented from a pair of private drinking wells near a northern Pennsylvania natural gas drilling well.

The Department of Environmental Protection says gas bubbling has also been reported in wetlands near the homes in LeRoy Township, Bradford County.

The DEP says the source of the methane hasn’t been determined but driller Chesapeake Energy is screening all private wells within 2,500 feet of its Morse drilling pad.

The complaint was first made to DEP on Saturday.


1VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Drilling gas wells does not affect water wells. That is what I was told years ago by a gas drilling operator on our family estate's farm.

We had 2 home water wells go bad soon after the operator "fracked" their well with dynamite. The gas company said, "You can't prove that our gas well caused your water wells to go bad." Later, that gas company went out of business and left the mitigation of the defunct gas well to the next owner of the well, who simply turned it into a "reserve pool", since it was connected to Dominion East Ohio lines.

Eventually, someone will have to cap many of these older gas and oil wells, but they continue to push the problem off to the next owner to avoid the costs.

Meanwhile, our water wells on the property are permanently damaged. Water wells that at one time were very good wells for many, many years now smell of sulphur and go dry quickly if you use too much water.

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2taxme(359 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Hmmmmm..................The heck with safe water! The money is safe! No drinking water but lots and lots of money. Imagine how much these companies are going to make if they are paying out that kind of money. Forget about alternative energy Ideas. We don't need drinking water I guess?

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3RustOnMyBelt(169 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

...and a third of the waters became Bitter; and many people had died of the waters, because they were made bitter." (Revelation 8:10, 11)

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