Methane Gas Naturally Occurring In Ny

12.18.13 | Bob Price

A new federal study says New York State water wells “naturally” have explosive levels of methane gas, even in areas that aren't near gas drilling. The U.S. Geological Survey found 15 percent of groundwater samples from 66 household wells across the Southern Tier contained naturally occurring methane at concentrated levels.  None of the wells were within a mile of existing or abandoned natural gas wells. Methane is an odorless, colorless gas which can be explosive in high concentration. The testing was done in the summer of 2012 and the study area included about 1,800 square miles in parts of Broome, Tioga, Chemung, Chenango, and Delaware counties.  These are areas that have Marcellus Shale gas resources that the industry wants to drill.