Ohio family’s tap water catches on fire after natural gas drilling

Surprise, surprise. They’re fracking in the neighborhood and now the methane levels in a family’s well have more than doubled, and what’s happening next?  Their tap water catches on fire. This is a common problem near fracking sites.


And near the Klines’ house, it just so happens a natural gas company was drilling.

Before they started, the company paid to test the family’s water. Methane levels were 9, just within safe limits.

But months into the drilling, tests show, the methane levels had skyrocketed — reaching 22 — more than twice the acceptable level.

“We’re wondering if this is all just coincidental,” said Jason.

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Remember, we’ve seen the same problem in Pennsylvania near fracking sites. Like other states wanting to get in on the fracking boom, Ohio has welcomed fracking businesses. A year ago, Youngstown, Ohio (also in the northeast of the state) purchased earthquake insurance following problems linked to fracking.

Why do so many states think that it’s acceptable to let fracking cause so many problems? It’s disappointing to see that New York is moving towards allowing fracking, when we already know what the results will be for locals.

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