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Thursday, November 14, 2013

ODNR Report Says Drilling Did Not Cause Methane in Well of Portage County Family

Media outlets were quick to report
on possible contamination from
drilling, but will they be quick to
note the ODNR's findings?
Back in January we had a post about the Kline family of Portage County.  They accused a driller of contaminating their well with methane that made their tapwater flammable.  Their story caused a little stir, even being featured on the Today show.

Now the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has released the results of its investigation, and they have found that the methane is naturally occurring and was not caused by drilling.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
An Ohio state investigation has determined that methane or natural gas in drinking water in northeast Portage County is naturally occurring, not tied to nearby drilling.
The 25-page report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources analyzed the well water of Jason and Debby Kline of Nelson Township.
The Klines complained in December 2012 after Mrs. Kline reported that she had accidentally ignited methane mixed with her tap water while using a candle in the master bedroom.
The Klines were worried that the methane had come from two Utica shale wells that had been drilled about 1,500 feet away on the border between Nelson and Windham townships by Mountaineer Keystone LLC on the Soinski pad.
You can read the rest of that article here. 

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