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Friday, August 27, 2010

Water Wells Suddenly Spew Methane Gas In Drilling Areas

Methane Gas in Water Wells
WNEP

Editors note:Solomon's words has been advised that two families on the Jackson Road in Ulysses are experiencing similar problems with methane gas in their water wells, making them unsafe to use, while drillers there are attempting to find the source. In the Ulysses incident, one resident's water turned muddy last Saturday, changing to a blackish color, and combining with sizzling gas which would support a flame.

A few residents in Bradford County are dealing with methane gas in their water wells. Now, state investigators are looking into whether drilling for natural gas caused the problems near Towanda.

Chesapeake Energy officials said this all started almost two weeks ago so much methane gas built up in a drinking water well that the lid blew off. The gas company is now investigating, along with state environmental crews, after the same gas was found in other wells at neighboring homes.

According to its website, Chesapeake Energy is one of the largest natural gas producers and the largest active driller of new gas wells in the country.

On Monday, Newswatch 16 found workers monitoring gas levels at a home along Brocktown Road in Monroe Township, near Towanda. It is one of three homes officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection believe has been affected by methane gas problems in drinking water wells.

While Chesapeake Energy has not taken responsibility for the issues, the company has hired the inspectors to find the source of methane gas. Chesapeake has even provided the homeowners with drinking water and vents for their wells. More...

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Editors Note: "....while drillers there are attempting to find the source." Surely it's not a mystery. Find the nearest well! Probably several to choose from. Wake up Potter County...this is just the beginning. It's no longer in a Western state, over in Bradford County, etc... It's in our own backyard...just a matter of time until you're being interviewed about the lack of drinking/bathing water available to your residence.
The reported jobs are not worth the pending environmental disaster! The "as long as they do it right" mantra that I keep hearing is an oxymoron. 3-5 million gallons of fresh water per well x thousands of wells...you do the math. It can't be done right under those conditions.
For the folks who still believe it's safe, refer to DEP's recent report of violations in the Commonwealth. 565 reported violations in the first 7 months of 2010. Yes, some are fairly benign...paperwork errors. Many are potentially disastrous and arguably from cost/corner-cutting and negligence.
In a perfect world, the process might be safe. Big business, human error, and lack of continual oversight will prevent it from being so.

Anonymous said...

It's time to pull your head out of "the sand." Stop leasing to these vultures. You may be "getting rich," but you won't be able to live on the property your family has lived on for generations because the water is bad or gone. Don't care? How about the people who live around you that will be stuck with your actions. Still don't care? I think the Bible says that what you have visited upon your neighbors will be visited upon you a thousandfold.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is the thousandfold being visited upon my neighbors for past actions against me... Ever think of that?

Anonymous said...

I wish these poor folks could have been warned that this could happen...OH THATS RIGHT THEY WERE

Anonymous said...

Well the real estate didn't go BOOM like they said it would. The job market still stinks here. The only one I see benefitting from this are the hotel-motel owners & the food joints. Most of the drillers & workers live & reside in Texas. All were going to get out of this deal is contaminated land & water. It scares me to know end that my enviornment here will soon be hazardous to my health. Along with that comes the medical costs. What a nightmare.

Anonymous said...

You are in too big of a hurry. We sent our commissioners to Texas to check into this, the commissioners have formed numerours committiees, and have spent endless hours in office to make sure to back the claims made in 9:57. Its coming.
If it weren't it would have stopped with the trip to Texas. Just like everywhere else we will be overwelmed with jobs and all the perks they've
been working endless hours on. Just look at the traffic in and out of here for deeds and records. Where do you think that money is going. Is here and its coming.

Anonymous said...

I would never buy any property where I did not own the mineral rights.

I suspect the realtors are finding this out.

Way too much risk.

Anonymous said...

Number in Ulysses is up to 3 now and some food for thought, the Ulysses wells haven't been fractured yet.

Anonymous said...

I am not in a big hurry as you stated. I'm concerned about the enviornment here. The real estate market is bad & our unemployment rate is high. Which I can live & deal with. It is the impact of fracking that scares me. I see nothing good coming from these ventures our commissioners struck up for us. Yes, property owners with land to lease are making money, but most likely at their neighbors expense. What good is your property if the water is full of chemicals & gas? This venture will be making my quality of life deteriorate. I researched both sides of this situation. The devastation fracking has left behind is not worth the bounty. Clean water will be hard to find here. I find it ironic that the Gas Companies haul in water tanks for the properties with tainted water, but, "the source of the contamination is being investigated". They admit nothing. And you can bet that their not going to haul in that precious clean water any longer then they have to. Our courthouse will be real busy soon with lawsuits most likely against the landowner who let these vultures lease their land. To me were all on the losing end & the gas companies will just waltz on out of here once their done raping & marring our land without a scratch. But their pockets will be greener then that beautiful ivy that "use" to grow near that bank before the fracking came to town.

Anonymous said...

Question for 8:33. What the hell is this sentence supposed to mean?:
"I see nothing good coming from these ventures our commissioners struck up for us."

Anonymous said...

YEP! 8:33- A lot of those big bucks will change hands when a neighbors (that didn’t sign up their land) water source goes bad or ones house blows up due to the Methane Gas getting in to the home.
All those people in the area that have gone together to form a pool to lease will be holding the bag as the drilling company leaves.