I just got back the test results from GES that was hired by CHK to test the wells that are within a 3000 ft radius of a planned well unit....my well unit is the Whitmer well that is on Garfield Rd in Mahoning county. My test showed that I have methane gas in my well water. I am curious to see if anyone else has been told this and what do you do to correct this problem...
What is the concentration of methane in your well? Virtually everyone has some amount of methane in their water. It has to get to certain levels for it to be harmful. I would recommend that you also get an independent study done to have on hand, in case it gets any worse.
have your well vented..had same results..venting took care of it.....
What did you do to vent it?
They told my sister, "cook with the windows open." Swear to god. Hers was before they even started drilling as well.
Just curious who "they" are?
i was told my well could explode if i did not get it vented...called company that dug well....dont know what they did but they fixed it and only cost about 120 bucks....
Biogenic methane is present in quite a few water wells. Like Mark O said, call the water well driller, they deal with this all the time. I'm sure the green weenies will say that the methane was there simply by virtue of CHK thinking about fracing a well.
And, if you are in the Coal Measures (any coal mining nearby?) it can be thermogenic methane.
A lot of funky stuff can show up in a water test in PA, OH, NY and WV.
Methane in the water can be one of the most benign constituents.
Arsenic and radon can be some of the least benign.
All of this "native"; no realationship to drilling, fracing, etc.
The amount of methane that shows up in a well test can vary with the weather (more when a low pressure front is passing through, less when a high pressure front is passing through).
The amount of methane that shows up in a well test can vary a little with with the lunar tidal cycles.
Methane is located all throughout the ground, especially below the water table of any area. It is not just located at the deeper depths that the gas companies are after. Anerobic decomposition of matter results in the creation of methane. A lot of water contamination occurs when people drill water wells for drinking water.
Methane is odorless, colorless and explosive in the 5-15% concentration in normal oxygen concentrations (21%). The best remedy is to vent the gas off.
We live right around the corner from you on St. Rt. 170 . Are you saying the Withers well pad ? This is what they are noting on all of my paper work. We also have a build up of methane in our well water test too. We just got our test back yesterday 10 / 7 / 2012 . Is the Whitmer well a established well or a leasehold with a permit ? What did you do about this methane gas build up. I have no idea what to do or if I should even worry about it. We have been there for 12 years and never had a problem.