More Methane Migration Impacts Bradford County
Residents of LeRoy Township (Bradford County), PA have been subjected to two major incidents over the past year or so. Last April it was home to a disturbing “well control incident” (blowout). Fast forward to mid-May 2012, where just in time for Memorial Day, Chesapeake Energy appears to have taken responsibility for methane contamination at numerous homes. Chesapeake is providing active ameliorative measures to three homes in the form of vents and methane monitoring alarms. Chesapeake is supplying at least one home with a water buffalo, is supplying bottled water to at least two homes and has installed a water treatment system at another home. PA DEP and Chesapeake are investigating the methane migration, while rumors swirl that the incident has affected a large area.
A Central New York news outlet reported,
The DEP and Chesapeake are investigating what caused methane to get into a few private water wells in Leroy Township Saturday.
“At first we thought it was just our well, that it was plugged up or something. But then we heard bubbling in the woods, so we looked at that. There was some water bubbling up out of the ground,” said Amanda Franklin of Leroy Township.
The water turned out to have methane in it.
Her [Amanda Franklin’s] father-in-law down the street was also impacted. He received a water treatment unit and methane monitor. The homes are within a half-mile of this Chesapeake Morse well pad.
Gas industry trouble has become so common that one LeRoy resident directly affected by this latest incident told reporters, “You know after a while you get used to it. After a while it’s like ho hum; so what; nothing new.” Chesapeake is supplying her with replacement water.