House Explosions in Bradford Pennsylvania tied to Migrating Methane Gas from Drilling Activity
A meeting was held last week in Bradford (McKean County) Pennsylvania that included local officials, fire, police, the regional Emergency Management Agency, Federal officials and State Department of Environmental Protection representatives. Also on hand were members from the private sector which included people from several oil and gas companies, drilling companies, utility providers, an insurance agent, and a legal attorney. The meeting did not include the local area newspaper The Bradford Era. Reporters from the paper were barred entry to the meeting.
The meeting was held to discuss concerns over gas migration causing ignition points and resident’s homes exploding. At least two homes in the area have exploded and there have been several injuries. Migrating methane gas is the suspected cause of these explosions and the migration caused by unconventional natural gas drilling in the area.
In the videos below, local Sheriff Brad Mason met with reporters and delivered a second-hand explanation of what was discussed at the meeting.
It’s reasoned that older oil and gas wells from the late 1800s and into the early 1980s which were never plugged or sealed properly could be facilitating this migration. New unconventional gas fracking could be forcing a build up of these methane gases.
Officials have stated that public safety is a top priority. Another priority would be for the DEP and the EPA to “think very carefully before allowing more drilling and fracking in areas where homes exist.”
The editor of the Bradford Era newspaper wrote the following very strong editorial in response asking “How Dare They?” Marty Robacker Wilder asks where the news media’s invitation to the secret meeting was. “Oh, yeah — you. Your invitation must be in the mail.”