W. Pa. Wells Had Casing Failures In Complaint Area

By Salon Staff
February 28, 2012 6:45AM (UTC)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A gas company spokesman says it took immediate action when it discovered what it called "integrity issues" with some gas wells near a Pennsylvania community that's complained of drinking water pollution.

Rex Energy spokesman Derek Smith said the company experienced two "well integrity issues" and took immediate corrective action. Smith said the steel casing that protects groundwater was never jeopardized.

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He said Rex Energy is confident that its operations did not affect the ground water chemistry in the region.

Residents of the rural Woodlands community and environmental groups said Monday they were distressed to learn of the casing problems. Residents have complained of drinking water pollution but there is no proof that the casing problems at Rex drilling sites caused water contamination.


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