Another well contaminated, another slew of evasive comments by Chesapeake Energy and their Bradford County mouthpiece, Mr. Brian Grove. He's the guy with the blue flame over his head in the photo above.
From my perspective, if you take the time to read both articles posted at the Sentinel's blog, you should quickly realize that even if you have your water tested well before drilling begins, there is absolutely no guarantee that should your well or water supply eventually become contaminated, that the drilling companies in the area will admit any responsibility. How's this for a non-answer:
When asked for comment, Brian Grove, director of corporate development for Chesapeake, issued this statement, noting that "Chesapeake places the highest priority on health, safety, and environmental protection in our operations.The thing that absolutely blows my mind is that the methane reading after the well's water turned brown was 1,920 times higher than the baseline reading in the tests done in December 2008, yet Chesapeake claims there is no connection between their drilling activity and the newly-contaminated well. Let's see; the well is ~1/2 mile from the drillpad, and the lateral wellbores extend up to 5,000 feet or more from that location. One of the articles states a lateral wellbore goes directly under the Bohlander's property, where there evidently was a whole lotta fracking going on. Voila!! It's as obvious as the nose on Pinocchio's face; no connection whatsoever.
If you live in the Marcellus Shale region, all of this is coming to a neighborhood near you.
Are you prepared and willing to accept this?