May 1, 2013

Franklin Forks Residents Concerned About Methane In Water Wells

Source:, April 30, 2013

A response wasn’t long in coming, following the latest bit of news on a very controversial subject. Just one day after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said methane found in private water wells in Franklin Forks Township was naturally occuring and not the result of natural gas development, one of the homeowners whose well was tested still has questions.

Tammy Manning said she’d like to see the tests themselves that the DEP conducted and not just the results.

She says the agency isn’t making those tests available.

“Very vague. I think they’re not giving us the full information. I asked them for the test results and how they determine that and they won’t give it to me,” said Tammy Manning. Franklin Forks Township resident.

A spokesperson for the DEP says while the tests aren’t available to the public, a homeowner would likely have a chance to see them. A spokesperson for Energy-In-Depth, an industry-funded group, says the DEP investigation closes the door on the idea the methane migration in Franklin Forks was due to gas drilling.

Manning says she might have her water tested privately.


April 30, 2013

Pa.: Drilling not to blame in tainted-well case

Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Monday concluded that Marcellus Shale drilling was not responsible for a high-profile case of methane contamination of private water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said it has closed the books on an investigation of the methane migration in Franklin Forks, Pa., which anti-drilling celebrities Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon visited in January.

Citing a 125-page consultant’s report, DEP says the methane in some residents’ wells is naturally occurring shallow gas, not production gas from well drilling.

Matthew and Tammy Manning last year sued WPX Energy, the company that drilled gas wells about 4,000 feet from their Susquehanna County home.


March 29, 2013

Methane Baseline Testing Zeros In On Fracking’s True Impact

Source: Earth Techling, March 2013
By: Beth Buczynski

Anti-fracking activists in New York State have conducted one of the first methane baseline assessments on an area that will soon be home to a natural gas compressor station. It’s hoped that by establishing a baseline measurement of ambient methane, residents will be able to prove fracking’s negative effects on air and water.

All drinking water is contaminated, but one thing it shouldn’t be is flammable. Unfortunately that’s often exactly what happens when Big Gas comes to town. Gas companies deny culpability by claiming that high levels of methane were present before they arrived. The baseline test, conducted by GasSafetyUSA in conjunction with Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, hopes to expose fracking’s true impact.…

December 6, 2012

New waste-to-energy project will turn Akron landfill gases into electricity

Source: Akron Beacon Journal (OH), November 22, 2012
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Akron’s Hardy Road Landfill is producing electricity for the municipal sewage treatment plant as part of a new waste-to-energy project.

The city and Hull & Associates Inc. on Wednesday hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the $2.75 million project at the city sewage plant off Akron-Peninsula Road next to the Cuyahoga River.

The green project will boost Akron’s environmental efforts, Mayor Don Plusquellic said.

But there’s more: “It’s just good business,” he said.

The project is expected to produce environmentally friendly power for at least 15 years, said Steve Giles of Hull & Associates, based in the Columbus suburb of Dublin.

The project relies on methane-rich landfill gas produced by decaying garbage at the city-owned landfill that closed in 2002.

Landfill gas is about 50 percent methane, the primary component of natural gas.

The 210-acre landfill contains about 6 million tons of trash and produces about 330 cubic feet of methane per minute.

That gas has been collected and flared, or burned off, to prevent it from migrating off site. Methane gas from the landfill leaked out in 1984 and blew up a nearby house. The city purchased and razed 10 other nearby homes.…

May 31, 2011

Carson residents living on toxic soil have little judicial, legal, legislative luck with cleanup

Source:, May 24, 2011
By: Molly Peterson

Homeowners in Carson’s Carousel neighborhood have faced setbacks in their efforts to hold developers and the Shell Oil company responsible for toxic soil under their houses.

Regional water regulators have told Shell to clean up what was for 40 years a tank farm with open reservoirs of oil. Testing has revealed potentially explosive methane gas, and chemicals like benzene that can raise cancer risks.

People in Carson are skeptical of the plans to clean up those chemicals by removing contaminated soil. Barbara Post heads the Carson Homeowners Association. “Would you really live with truckloads of contaminated soil going out – what did they say, it would take 70 truckloads a day. And then they’re going to haul in clean dirt? To fill that whole tract 10 feet under?”…

December 16, 2010

Driller to Pay in Tainted Water Case

Read here about a driller that will pay some Pennsylvania residents over tainted water.