Conflicting reports on methane migration in Bradford County

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 8, 2012 1:35 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's environmental chief has asserted that a faulty gas well that leaked methaneinto nearby drinking-water wells had been patched, and "the situation is for the most part over."

But a report commissioned by an anti-drilling group contends that methane migration remains a problem in Leroy Township, Bradford County.

Gas Safety Inc. is a Southborough, Mass., company that provides gas leak detection to homeowners and industry. The company says in a report released to The Associated Press that it found methane just below the soil surface and in the air.

The report concludes that "fugitive methane" from one or more Marcellus Shale gas wells may be migrating to the surface and into residential drinking-water wells.

A spokesman says Pennsylvania environmental chief Michael Krancer stands by his statement.

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