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Toolman, Methane
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Ron/PA    Posted 03-10-2004 at 05:04:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin toolman, The subject line is not accusing you of any bad personal habits, it's just that I'm on my usual schedule of a day late and a dollar short.
We live on the very edge of a large coal region here in central PA. Methane has always been a problem for coal miners here, so for years they drilled escape holes and bled the mines.
Just east of here there is a town called Centralia, it is being consumed by an under ground mine fire which has been burning for about 50 years and the government bought the entire town, at least the ones that would move, anyway, a few years ago they were drilling some test holes to try putting it out again, and they hit a methane pocket, below the fire, flames shot 50 feet in the air, and lasted for weeks, finally they capped it and called it quits.
As for water quality, EPA claims that methane is the cause of a severe sulpher odor in the majority of the water in our area.
I'm not sure what drilling would do to the water table around you, but the conventional wisdom here is always, if ya got good water, don't go muckin around underground, unless yer gonna get natural gas, cause coal ain't worth a cup of nasty water any more.
Good luck

naz    Posted 03-10-2004 at 05:43:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Water here smells from time to time and can be strong(rotten egg smell)Big coal mining history around this area.You had a share of mining in Springhill as well Toolman.My grandfather was a miner for many years,at the Allan shaft.
Here's a brief discription of the mines.

toolman    Posted 03-10-2004 at 08:14:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey guys, nice site naz ,i saved it to my favorites, sure lost alot of men in the mines of nova scotia ,that gas ron i guess they try to harvest now, and i see it can cause problems, don,t know how much it will affect me, the nearby city is all up in arms about it,holding a big meeting and such,they are into the tourists thing but natural resources are the backbone of the econmny around here always has been so will see how it plays out.

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