Bradford County woman sues driller over well problems

The Associated Press

 PHILADELPHIA — A Bradford County woman is suing natural gas driller Chesapeake Energy Corp. and two of its subsidiaries, claiming that drilling near her rural home has fouled the water with methane and other pollutants and created a rash of health problems since 2009.

Judy Armstrong’s lawyer, Peter Cambs, said Thursday that the lawsuit, filed in state court in Bradford County on Wednesday, asserts the woman has seen her water supply contaminated with methane, barium and other irritants that have left her with health problems.

Chesapeake senior director for corporate development Brian Grove said Thursday the company had not seen the lawsuit and he could not comment on it.

Also named in the suit were Chesapeake subsidiaries Nomac Drilling LLC and Chesapeake Appalachia LLC.

The state Department of Environmental Protection views the potential for contamination by methane, a highly flammable gas, as among the most serious risks of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.

The DEP said last month that at least six residential wells were tainted with methane believed to be caused by Chesapeake’s drilling operations.

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