Gas Drilling Triggers Backyard Geysers in Harrison County WV
6 June 2012
MORGANTOWN (AP) — Authorities in Harrison County say a gas
drilling operation in Sardis inadvertently re-pressurized a
handful of old wells, creating backyard geysers and minor
Paul Bump of the Bureau of Emergency Services says it happened
Wednesday morning. At least one house was flooded by a 10- to
At others, the water gushed into yards or garages.
No one was injured. The affected homes are on public water, so
Bump says there is no danger to anyone, just a nuisance.
The Department of Environmental Protection says Colorado-based
Antero Resources was in the early stages of drilling and was using
only water when it hit an aquifer. When it pressurized the well,
it re-pressurized the old water wells, too.
DEP spokeswoman Kathy Cosco says an investigation is under way.