Skip to main content

A few days ago, Jason and Debby Kline got an unpleasant surprise.  The tap water in their home in Garrettsville, Ohio--south of Cleveland--is flammable.

It started just weeks ago, when they noticed their water was fizzing. Then, when Debby lit a candle near the sink, the water lit up.

"We're putting our kids in the bathtub every night in this explodable water," Debby said.

Turns out, there's highly-flammable methane gas in their well water.

The Klines told their story to NBC's Jeff Rossen.  His piece aired on this morning's Today show--watch it here:

The Klines got suspicious when their water suddenly began fizzing.  Then one day Debby lit a candle near the water, and a huge flame shot up all the way to the ceiling.  Tests subsequently revealed that the Klines' water contained 22 parts of methane, more than double the acceptable limit.  Apparently methane is an issue for people who use wells, not municipal water.

It turns out that Mountaineer Keystone, a natural gas company, had started drilling next door a few weeks earlier.  In what sounds like a red flag that got missed, tests before drilling started showed methane levels at 9 parts, just within the limit.  The state is investigating.

According to WKYC-TV in Cleveland, the Klines' water has other problems as well.

But it's not only methane that's concerning the family.

The ODNR report also showed the well water's chloride levels were nearly twice the safe limit.

George Sosebee is with Concerned Citizens of Ohio.  Since April, on the first Sunday of the month, they meet at King Of Glory Church off of state Route 303 to test the well water of Portage County residents who are concerned about the influx of drilling and fracking rigs popping up around them.

The group tests salinity and chloride levels with a $48 kit they bought out of a laboratory catalog and meters they received from the Sierra Club.

Sosebee says they're no experts but they're trying to get a baseline measurement to show a difference if levels elevate.  The Kline's water tested off their charts too.

The Klines have been told that to fix the methane problem, they will need to buy a methane filtering system, gas and CO meters and a vented well cap.  The filtering system alone costs $8,000--way more than they can afford.  In the meantime, they have had to drink and cook with bottled water and can't use their fireplace.  They still bathe in it, albeit reluctantly.

Scary, scary, scary.  If there was ever an argument for a major rethink on fracking, this is it.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site