'Firewater' in home: couple worries 'firewater' that comes from tap...

Full story: Fox 31 KDVR

They say they are living with a ticking time bomb. Karen Androvich and her husband have so much methane gas in their water their house could explode.
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Sugar

Denver, CO

#1 May 24, 2010
Ima Try that one of this day to see what happens
Pendijo

Aurora, CO

#2 May 24, 2010
This sort of thing would never happen in Cubami. Although unlike Miami where raw sewage comes out of the taps, Cubami has relatively clean water.
the_punnisher

Greeley, CO

#3 May 24, 2010
The only place that spouts more methane and reeks more than their house is the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

They no longer serve THE PUBLIC. This situation SHOULD be part of a class action suit and cause reason to reconsider " FRACKING " in inhabited areas.

I don't want to stop drilling but I do want it properly managed. That is not the case with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
fhl

Henderson, CO

#4 May 24, 2010
I'm sorry but Fox 31 you need to do more research on things. go over to the western slope, especially near craig, every single house that has a well has had this problem from many many years. no one cared then, and no one cares now, no one will ever help those people out.

But since this problem is here on the eastern side where all the money and the government is located it is a huge deal and i am sure big dollars will be put toward fixing this issues, and thousands of lawsuites will follow from these homeowners complaining saying they are going to get sick. thats what happens when you live on a well, deal with it. everyone on the western slope has to buy bottle watter to use for cooking and cleaning, i don't see any of them sewing and trying ot get some one else to pay for that huge expenice of having it purchased and delivered to the middle of no where on farm land. hidi hemitt your reporting gets worse every week. do research into things, stop attacking every single person in this state and report on some good news for a change
redruM

Denver, CO

#5 May 24, 2010
I thought only Indians had concerns about firewater
Rob

Austin, TX

#6 May 24, 2010
Ok heres some logic for them:

The Androviches just wish the Oil and Gas industry would help them solve their problem.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission says it isn't Oil & Gas' fault.

So.......... not their problem?
Tukker

Haaksbergen, Netherlands

#7 May 24, 2010
That's booming business
Dennis

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 May 24, 2010
When your WATER catches on FIRE you have an issue lol
Michi

Broomfield, CO

#9 May 24, 2010
Maybe this type of report should be included in Weld County real estate property sales and in other areas where the problem has been proven in the past. No one would buy property if they knew the situation existed and not been taken care of.
Don D

Mount Clemens, MI

#10 May 24, 2010
Eliminating noxious gases and some dissolved metals from well water is simple and relatively inexpensive. Mother nature will do the work for you. The result will be crystal clear, sweet tasting water that bubbles with oxygen.

It can be done with a 250 gallon stock tank, water level valve, floating chlorine dispenser and an additional water pump.

I have written KVDR.com with my email address with instructions to put “Firewater” in the subject line.

Should they respond I will give them detailed instructions.
JustSayin

Rochester, NY

#11 May 25, 2010
I have to ask..... If you are so concerned about the house blowing up, why then are you holding a flame to the gas source ?
I certainly sympathize with these homeowners, but are you kidding me ? "You know, my whole house could blow up and everyone in it would be dead if I just hold a flame to the faucet like this......oops....."
McGyver

Edison, NJ

#12 May 25, 2010
Typical... Oil and gas companies ruining peoples lives and not taking responsiblity for their action by even the tiniest measure.$9,000.00... that is probably half the cost of a drill head, but they won't even consider "donating" it to their victims as a PR move... Why should they? They are never held accountable for anything. You gotta love the statement "Methane is naturally occuring"... Yes, as trace compounds in parts per million... not as flamable tap water... come on, they are not even trying... that's one step above "thats normal,everyone's tap water burn's... I cook my dinner in the shower!"....
John_Q_Spud

Loveland, CO

#13 May 25, 2010
That's good, McGyver.
phalkhan

United States

#14 May 25, 2010
wonder how many SUVs they drive...
Ted

Pittsburgh, PA

#15 May 25, 2010
Drill baby drill!
wellreadone

Rimrock, AZ

#16 May 25, 2010
Will the real FIRE WATER please stand up?? I am surprised lawyers for the gas lobby have not tried to get mineral rights and charge people for the methane.....or have they?
wellreadone

Rimrock, AZ

#17 May 25, 2010
Is there an affordable means of separating, compressing and storing it for later use? Calling all Mechanical Engineers-time to step up to the plate.
WoW

San Antonio, TX

#18 May 25, 2010
Hmmm WOW I have never seen this before. I would also be scared.
wondering

Torrance, CA

#19 May 25, 2010
I wonder if you could sell the methane and make money off your water :D
B Golden

Waco, TX

#20 May 25, 2010
wellreadone wrote:
Is there an affordable means of separating, compressing and storing it for later use? Calling all Mechanical Engineers-time to step up to the plate.
yep - I had drilled a large water well near Houston and we had a very high % natural gas - we put a degassing system on the well discharge and eliminated the problem - I did look at compression and reuse but the economics would not support the installation - likely the same here. Not sure the State guys have their % right 75% methane? does that mean 25% water by volume and 75%ish methane??? a typical house uses aboyt 300 gal of water per day so this would suggest 700 gal of methane or about 100 scf - would be about 100,000 Btu per day, not enough to heat the house but possibly enough to heat their water.

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