Remember how oil and gas producers are always saying no one can prove that
smoking cigarettes causes cancer water pollution was caused by their activity…we now have proof.
Natural gas invading at least nine water wells in Dimock Township has been tracked to the Marcellus Shale or a similar formation being tapped by drilling crews working in the area.
In an effort to fix the problem, regulators from the state Department of Environmental Protection have asked Cabot Oil & Gas to vent its natural gas production wells around the Carter Road area, just south of Montrose, said Mark Carmon, a spokesman for the agency. The intention is to give the gas seeping in the ground and collecting in water supplies a means to escape.
I’ve blogged previously about this issue. A water well exploded. YIKES!
Tests show gas found in water is “production gas,” Carmon said, meaning it escaped from the kind of geological formation commonly tapped for energy. The state has ruled out the possibility it was a product of organic conditions in shallow ground that sometimes affect water wells.
Carmon stopped short of blaming Cabot, adding more lab work is needed to pinpoint exactly how the gas migrated from thousands of feet below the earth.
I expect the industry to pull out all stops to make sure this is not proven to be the result of gas drilling.