PA Woman Suing Gas Driller, Claims Water Tainted With Methane

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PHILADELPHIA – A woman is suing natural gas driller Chesapeake Energy Corp. and two of its subsidiaries, claiming that drilling near her rural home has fouled the water with methane and other pollutants and created a rash of health problems since 2009.

Judy Armstrong’s lawyer, Peter Cambs, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the lawsuit, filed in state court in Bradford County on Wednesday, asserts that the woman has seen her water supply contaminated with methane, barium and other irritants that have left her with pain, numbness, cracking skin on her hands and headaches.

The DEP said last month that at least six residential wells were tainted with methane believed to be caused by Chesapeake’s drilling operations.

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