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Study Shows 15% Wells Have Methane

A new study found a number of upstate wells already have explosive levels of methane gas even if they're not near a drilling site.

Study Shows 15% Wells Have Methane

December 18, 2013
New York (WENY) - Opponents of drilling in New York are worried about the risks of contaminating the drinking water in the state. A new study found a number of upstate wells already have explosive levels of methane gas even if they're not near a drilling site.
    
A new federal study released Tuesday from the U.S. Geological Survey found that 15 percent of groundwater samples from 66 household wells across south-central New York contained naturally occurring methane at levels high enough to require monitoring.
     
None of the water wells are within a mile of existing or abandoned natural gas wells. Methane is an odorless, colorless gas that can be explosive in high concentration. The levels in four of the wells were so high that water coming out of a tap could potentially be lit with a match, or be an explosive risk.
     
The study area included about 1,800 square miles in parts of Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Chenango and Delaware counties.