Sen. Casey Wrong Again – Bradford, PA House Explosion Due to Abandoned Gas Wells, Not Marcellus Drilling

A few weeks ago U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), wrote to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu to ask him to investigate two house explosions in Bradford Township, PA (see MDN’s story here). Casey said he strongly believed the cause of the explosions was from migrating methane gas (natural gas) from “extensive new deep drilling activities” in the area. That is, those nasty, filthy Marcellus drillers caused it. Don’t look now Mr. Casey, but….oops. You were wrong again. The real cause was abandoned gas wells drilled 100 years ago.

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are ordering a resident near the site of a Feb. 28 house explosion in Bradford to plug three abandoned natural gas wells.

The Department of Environmental Protection said Friday it learned of the wells while investigating the cause of the blast. The wells aren’t related to Marcellus Shale drilling.

State officials say one of the wells, about 300 feet from the destroyed home, has to be plugged first. It was drilled in 1881, while the other two date back nearly a century.*

*CBS 21/AP (Apr 8, 2011) – Pa. orders 3 gas wells near explosion site plugged