Monday, November 2, 2009

Colorado county copes with methane mystery

No problems before gas drilling.
Many problems after gas drilling.
Hmm, I wonder what could possibly be the mystery.

A few paragraphs from the article that spotlighted a few different residents in the area

Bernice and Jerry Angely like to show visitors the singed T-shirt a friend was wearing when their water well exploded and shot flames 30 feet high.

It is never the fault of the gas company. The burden of proof always seems to fall on the citizen.

"They say, `Well, there's no proof,'" Corsentino said. "Well, we'd been getting along for generations just fine until they started pumping 8 million gallons out of this country."

Corsentino also says his herd suffered abnormally high birth and death rates and now numbers 400, down from 650. He believes the cows consumed too much sodium from the water and corn grown from it. His corn used to produce 6,000 tons of silage; this year's crop yielded 1,500 tons.

However, Corsentino says his herd is healthier and milk production has increased since drilling stopped.

"There's an obvious direct, substantial impact to Brett Corsentino's dairy," the state's Gunderson said of the drilling.

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