“But Mike Leighton, who still has bubbling puddles in his yard, said he’s fed up. “The newspapers keep minimizing the damage here, but it’s here,” said Leighton, pointing out bubbling gas puddles on his property. “And people think we’re radicals, but we’re not. We’re just upset about the condition of our property, and we want things fixed.“I want my real estate back to where it was before,” he says. “And right now, it ain’t worth dirt.””
NPR has the story on why Shelly DePue is not the only Pennsylvania landowner with gas pains. And won’t be the last. Because horizontal wells are really good at producing gas – in your water. A horizontal well is 4 times more likely to leak than a vertical well. Over time, they will all leak. Every stinking one of them. If you have a shallow water well near a shale gas well, it’s more likely to be poisoned. Even by Chesapeake, who teed it up that way in the SGEIS.
Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies
by SCOTT DETROW
August 28, 2012
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.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection blames a nearby fracking operation. They say methane gas has leaked out of the well, which is operated by Chesapeake Energy, and into the Leightons’ and Franklins’ water supplies. . . .
Full story here – http://tinyurl.com/leaky-gas-holes