‘Bomb Waiting To Go Off’: CDC-ATSDR blames methane in Ohio drinking water on fracking

“That news contradicts repeated statements from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on the connection between the drilling and problems at the two houses…”

The Akron Beacon Journal reports,

GRANGER TWP.: A federal health agency says potentially explosive levels of natural gas at two houses in eastern Medina County are a public health threat.

The problems in the two drinking water wells appear linked to the nearby drilling of two natural gas wells in 2008, says the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That news contradicts repeated statements from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources on the connection between the drilling and problems at the two houses at State and Remsen roads.

“We are the victims of fracking… and natural gas drilling gone wrong,” said Mark Mangan, one of the affected homeowners…

The Granger Township case is one of a small but growing number of cases in the United States where contamination problems have been linked by a federal agency to natural gas drilling.

In a Dec. 22 letter to the U.S. EPA, the CDC agency said both families are still at risk from potentially dangerous natural gas levels. The agency concluded that “the current conditions are likely to pose a public health threat.”

The agency looked at natural gas levels detected last November by the Granger Township Fire Department.

The levels of explosivity were 34.7 and 47.4 percent at wells at the two houses, the agency said. Hazardous conditions exist when levels surpass 10 percent, the health agency said.

The gas levels in and around the Mangans’ house have been so high that firefighters were called several times. Columbia Gas shut off service for a time because of the likelihood of an explosion.

“We are constantly in danger,” Mangan said. “Our house was a bomb waiting to go off”…

Regardless of the cause, sounds like the two families ought to move out until the problem is resolved.

2 thoughts on “‘Bomb Waiting To Go Off’: CDC-ATSDR blames methane in Ohio drinking water on fracking”

  1. This is a terrible article that makes it sound like they had a leak in a natural gas utility line. They present no evidence that the gas came from the water wells. Shutting off gas service would have no effect on gas leaking out of a water well. The gas service is delivered by pipes.

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