Senator Casey Calls for Help Regarding Natural Gas Explosions in Pennsylvania
Is it really that bad? Ask Senator Robert Casey. On March 28, 2011, Senator Casey wrote a letter to Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, voicing concern over the increasing number of home explosions caused by natural gas and the increasing number of contaminated wells. He cited the widespread belief that the source of the explosions is related to gas migration caused by extensive drilling. The lack of reliable data on old gas wells and the deterioration of old well casings may also have contributed to the explosions. The homes affected had well water contamination and Schreiner Oil, the company involved, was ordered by the PA DEP to restore water and has been providing bottled water to the impacted neighborhood. Senator Casey notes this “appears to be more than coincidence”. PA DEP Secretary, Michael Krancer, and Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator, were copied on the letter.