Susquehanna County Pennsylvania

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.


May 18, 2012

EPA: No water contamination from shale drilling

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 15, 2012
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Well water tests in the northeastern Pennsylvania town of Dimock have not found unsafe levels of contamination from Marcellus Shale gas drilling that warrant further action, according to federal environmental regulators.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency test findings released last week for 12 homes, found one with elevated levels of methane and the agency informed the residents as well as state and county agencies.

It was the fourth and last release of test results for 59 homes in the rural Susquehanna County community featured in the 2010 documentary “Gasland,” where residents say shale gas drilling has contaminated their water.

The EPA began testing water in Dimock in January.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., which started drilling for Marcellus Shale gas near Dimock in 2008, and was cited and fined for faulty well casing construction by the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the EPA findings reaffirm its water test results.

“As with the previous sampling results, EPA found that Dimock┬ádrinking water meets all regulatory standards,” the Houston, Texas-based driller said in a statement. “The EPA again did not indicate that those contaminants that were detected bore any relationship to gas development in the Dimock area.”

The DEP determined in 2010 that Cabot’s wells had caused methane to contaminate part of the aquifer under Dimock, and about a dozen Dimock residents sued Cabot. The company, however, has denied that it caused the contamination and attributed the methane in the well water to conditions existing before it began drilling.

Methane is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas. It is often found in Pennsylvania groundwater and well water, and can be produced by a number of sources, including landfills, coal mines, wetlands and gas wells. While it is not considered harmful to drink, it is flammable in higher concentrations.…