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Flaming faucets alarm North Texas family
KHOU ^ | Thursday, 08 July 2010 | JIM DOUGLAS / WFAA

Posted on 07/08/2010 12:19:47 PM PDT by Willie Green

MONTAGUE COUNTY, Texas — A startling discovery is igniting fears about whether oil and gas drilling has ruined ground water in a rural Montague County community.

It's not just salty water coming out of the faucets at Stephen Brock's home near Bowie, about 70 miles northwest of Fort Worth; it's natural gas.

Brock knew his pipes gurgled, but he didn't realize they were burping flammable gas until Monday.

He decided to test his faucet after watching a documentary on drilling. He ignited a lighter next to the running water.

"It totally engulfed the whole sink," Brock said. "I jumped back and shut the water off, then I called the Railroad Commission right away."

The Texas Railroad commission examines drilling issues. Brock said investigators took samples the next day, and returned for more right after the phenomenon was documented by News 8.

"The Railroad Commission guy told me, 'Yeah, it's coming in your well, up through your well,'" Brock said.

(Excerpt) Read more at khou.com ...


TOPICS: US: Texas
KEYWORDS: gas

1 posted on 07/08/2010 12:19:51 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

Hook that stuff up to the furnace and the hot water heater.


2 posted on 07/08/2010 12:21:21 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Willie Green

Hook that stuff up to the furnace and the hot water heater.


3 posted on 07/08/2010 12:21:21 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Willie Green; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

No one in that home wants to do the dishes...


4 posted on 07/08/2010 12:23:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Venturer

and get a mirco-turbine to make your electricity. With the savings from never buying energy again, you can sink a brand new water well into a different zone.


5 posted on 07/08/2010 12:23:05 PM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: Willie Green

I thought flaming faucets were found mainly in San Francisco...


6 posted on 07/08/2010 12:23:43 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Venturer
"Hook that stuff up to the furnace and the hot water heater."

LOL. What a great idea. American ingenuity - I love it.

7 posted on 07/08/2010 12:23:50 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Willie Green
Free fuel. Get a generator and get paid for feeding power back into the grid form the free gas to power the generator. There are lots of places on earth where oil and gas come out of the ground.
8 posted on 07/08/2010 12:25:35 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Venturer
I would have hooked it up to the genset and told the electric company goodbye. Last on my list would be calling a government agency to 'help'.

Water AND natural gas? Sign me up.

/johnny

9 posted on 07/08/2010 12:26:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Willie Green

Let me guess, your solution is choo choo trains.


10 posted on 07/08/2010 12:27:16 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Willie Green

So when you leave the john and someone suggests lighting a match.... it could be a tad embarrassing.


11 posted on 07/08/2010 12:27:47 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Willie Green

Fire water.


12 posted on 07/08/2010 12:32:25 PM PDT by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: mountainlion

I knew a guy near Evart Michigan why had to vent the gas off his water well. Its really a pretty simple thing to deal with.


13 posted on 07/08/2010 12:37:17 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Willie Green

Mnay wells have some natural gas in them. Not far from here, where there are no oil or gas wells, a woman was killed several years ago when her laundry room exploded. She had a load in her electric dryer at the time.

The cause was natural gas in the well. The well had a vent on it for this but wasps had plugged it.


14 posted on 07/08/2010 12:39:02 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Viva los SB 1070)
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To: Willie Green

Starring "Flaming" Fawcett.....

15 posted on 07/08/2010 12:40:21 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: JRandomFreeper

That’s hydrogen sulfide gas, caused by a bacterial action in the aquifer and wellhead. Common and typical, solved by pouring bleach down the wellhead. The water is salty, however, and that might be the result of a bad casing around a salt-water injection well. Or it might just be that the particular acquifer is salty.


16 posted on 07/08/2010 12:41:01 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: cripplecreek

Evart, eh?

Reminds me of spaghetti at Mama Lucia’s.


17 posted on 07/08/2010 12:41:24 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Willie Green

Come and listen to a story ‘bout a man named Jed...


18 posted on 07/08/2010 12:44:04 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Politicians exist to break windows so they may spend other people's money to fix them.)
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To: Venturer

That what I was thinking, and get a natural gas electric generator!


19 posted on 07/08/2010 12:47:14 PM PDT by 2001convSVT ("Hand out pocket Constitutions to everyone you can")
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To: mnehring; Willie Green
Let me guess, your solution is choo choo trains.

"The Texas Railroad commission examines drilling issues." ;-)

20 posted on 07/08/2010 12:55:45 PM PDT by decimon
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To: Lil'freeper

Fracking ping!!


21 posted on 07/08/2010 12:56:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: decimon

LMAO!!


22 posted on 07/08/2010 12:59:13 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: cripplecreek

Usually around here the only gas to be concerned about is radon.


23 posted on 07/08/2010 1:13:33 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Willie Green

sounds like a Green Acres episode (is his toaster a “5”?)


24 posted on 07/08/2010 1:22:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Venturer
Hook that stuff up to the furnace and the hot water heater.

Just don't use the toilet while smoking....

25 posted on 07/08/2010 1:26:13 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Willie Green

Pfister Pflaming Pfaucets.


26 posted on 07/08/2010 1:30:49 PM PDT by Hillbillary (I know how to deal with Communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: circlecity

It can double for a Texas BBQ!

27 posted on 07/08/2010 1:34:51 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Willie Green
"The Railroad Commission guy told me, 'Yeah, it's coming in your well, up through your well,'"

Did he mention it was coming up through the well?

Did they check with the Airport Commission first prior to releasing this information?

28 posted on 07/08/2010 1:42:06 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Willie Green

splish-splash i was takin' a bath ....*woosh*

29 posted on 07/08/2010 1:44:17 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: dragnet2

“Did they check with the Airport Commission first prior to releasing this information? “

No, they only handle septic tank issues.


30 posted on 07/08/2010 1:50:48 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Rebelbase

lol..


31 posted on 07/08/2010 1:53:08 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Willie Green
MONTAGUE COUNTY, Texas, where watering the lawn can start a forest fire.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

32 posted on 07/08/2010 2:45:46 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Willie Green

Someone needs to go to Bowie and set up a little company that will sell and install a gadget in each home that will obtain and extract the gas from the water, right as the water reaches the house, together with piping to route the gas to a storage tank for the energy for heat and hot water, along with another pipe from the storage tank through a meter connected to the utility company’s natural gas grid - for selling the excess to the utility company.


33 posted on 07/08/2010 5:12:17 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Willie Green
Methane is everywhere in the subsurface. Most likely this well was contaminated from a natural biogenic source and if it had been properly tested it could have been distinguished from deep gas coming from natural gas production. As an example look at the case history of this in Maine and New Hampshire where there are ZERO gas production wells and yet while drilling a water well the drilling rig exploded from methane gas coming from granite: In August 2004, a commercial drill rig was destroyed by ignition of an explosive gas released during the drilling of a domestic well in granitic bedrock in Tyngsborough, MA.
34 posted on 07/10/2010 4:43:53 PM PDT by epithermal
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