Stray methane found in 6 water wells in NE Pa.

Posted: September 08, 2010

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Pennsylvania environmental regulators are investigating the source of stray methane gas found in the North Branch Susquehanna River and six private water wells in Bradford County last week.

Environmental Secretary John Hanger says the gas "probably . . . migrated through the ground as a result of drilling in the area." He says the gas is most likely not from the Marcellus Shale, but from a shallower deposit.

The Citizens' Voice of Wilkes-Barre reports that Chesapeake Energy is evaluating its natural gas wells in the area, and is taking corrective action.

Chesapeake tested 26 residential wells within a half-mile radius of the river and found six of them in Wilmot Township had elevated methane levels. Methane was also detected in a crawl space of a seasonal home.

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