Crystal Stroud water contamination not related to Marcellus Shale well drilling or fracking

Pennsylvania DEP determination letter regarding Stroud claim.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Independent Experts Determine Natural Gas Development Not Responsible for Crystal Stroud Water Contamination Claim in Granville Summit

After a thorough examination by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), independent experts and Chief Oil & Gas, it has been determined that the barium levels and other substances in the water well at Crystal Stroud’s property in Granville Summit is naturally occurring and not the result of natural gas development.

Chief Oil & Gas is committed to protecting the drinking water of our neighbors and the implementation of best industry practices in its development of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. We will continue to work hard to keep the trust of our communities and neighbors.

Supporting documents:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Determination
    Pennsylvania DEP determination letter regarding Stroud claim.
  • Water Well Analysis
    Scientific analysis of pre-drill and post-drill water samples of the water wells within a 1000 foot radius of the Andrus Unit #1H natural gas well in Bradford County.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection Letter regarding Stroud neighbor well
    A letter from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding water test at the property of Stroud’s neighbor, Pat Hall, who had requested to have his well water tested after Ms. Stroud’s initial complaint.
  • Property Map, Andrus Well in Bradford County
    Map illustrates property, water wells and natural gas development sites near and around the Stroud property in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania.
  • Bradford County Bariums Levels: U.S. Geological Survey – 1998
    A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study illustrating the pre-existing high barium levels in Bradford County, Pennsylvania well water.
    • For Bradford County the report found that, “Concentrations of barium that exceed the USEPA [Maximum Contaminant Level] of 1mg/L are commonly found in groundwater from wells that penetrate restricted-flow zones.” (Page 36)
    • The results of the 1998 study show that there was barium found in Well 695, located approximately ½ mile from the Stroud property, at the level of 3.9 mg/l. During the testing this spring, Ms. Stroud’s well was found to contain barium levels of 4.7 mg/l. This data shows that barium was present nearby at statistically the same level many years before drilling. (Chart, Page 37)