Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fracking - Methane Gas: the liquid was "black as coal"

Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies
28 August 2012 - Water wells and streams in Leroy Township, Pa., have been bubbling up with methane gas in the past few months. The state's Department of Environmental Protection blames nearby natural gas fracking operations. A local well operator has installed water filters for residents and says the problem has been fixed.

Mike and Nancy Leighton's problems began on May 19, just as Mike was settling in to watch the Preakness Stakes. A neighbor in Leroy Township, Pa., called Mike and told him to check the water well located just outside his front door.

"And I said I'll be down in 15 minutes. I wanted to see the race," Leighton said. But as the horses were racing, Leighton's well was overflowing. Typically, there's between 80 to 100 feet of headspace between the top of the well and its water supply. But when Leighton went outside, the water was bubbling over the top.

Down the road, Ted and Gale Franklin's water well had gone dry. When water started coming out later that week, the liquid was "black as coal," according to Gale.

Since then, both families have been dealing with methane-contaminated water supplies, as well as dozens of mysterious, flammable gas puddles bubbling up on their properties. read more>>>

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