Sunday, July 10, 2011

Must Read: Migrating Gas Story in Scranton Times

Gas migration is a real issue and problem.

If you want to learn more, please read an important, good piece of journalism  by Laura Legere of the Scranton Times Tribune in the Sunday July 10th paper.  See

This article has leading experts quoted on the record; the data in it seem solid. I would love to hear others reaction to it.  I find it to be a real contribution to dealing with a real issue.

There has been focus on non-issues such as the false claims that drilling has poisoned water with radiation or drilling fluids are returning from depth and contaminating water wells.  False. Wrong.

But gas migration caused by drilling has contaminated some water wells.  This article improves public understanding of the gas migration issue.  Please read it.


  1. Concerned ScientistJuly 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    You're right John. That was an excellent story. They should send the NYT reporters over to the Scranton Times for internships so they can learn how to write stories that educate and inform their readers rather than confuse and terrify them. Hopefully someone will also send a link to the authors of the somewhat confused Duke study.

    If I have a complaint, it is that they didn't do more on how common naturally occurring methane actually is in people's wells. They did mention it, which is good. But naturally occurring methane in water wells is far more common than drilling related methane.

    That being said, the drilling-related methane is a real problem and it is good that it is being highlighted and addressed.

  2. You can all chat it up about the naturally occuring methane-that was not in my water before gas to debate over cocktails..not so fun if you are living in that gasfield...