Most Methane Does not come from Oil and Gas Production

A study released on July 11 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science says less than 5 percent of Colorado’s water wells that were checked for methane had been tainted by oil and gas leaks or fracing activities. The report said that the oil and gas industry is not to blame if tap water is northeastern Colorado contains methane.Over 18 % of the methane in the local ground water comes from naturally occurring coal seams that underlie the area. The study focused on the Denver-Julesburg Basin, an area of oil and gas activity. The National Science Foundation study was funded by the federal government and received no funding from the energy industry.