State expands investigation into gas in water well

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - State officials will test an abandoned gas well and more operating wells in south Weld County where methane has been found in a water well and the family's tap water has caught fire.
Tests of the well water and eight natural gas wells within a half-mile of the home have been done since last fall. Dave Neslin, acting director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, said Monday that the source of the gas in Amee Ellsworth's water well has not been found.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc., which own the wells near Ellsworth's Fort Lupton-area home, have also tested the wells and haven't found where the gas is coming from.
The next step is to expand the investigation by looking at gas wells a half-mile to a mile from the Ellsworths' house.

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