Fracking And Methane in North Texas Groundwater?

Water wells with high levels of methane can be at risk of exploding, but researchers who looked at the issue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area say fracking isn’t to blame.

An August study in the journal Water Resources Research looked at groundwater sources across the Barnett Shale natural gas field in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Of the more than 450 water wells sampled in the area, researchers say the “vast majority” contained little or no methane. But a “cluster” of 11 wells near the line between Parker and Hood counties had much higher levels: more than 10 milligrams of methane per liter of water.


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