Cornell researching local well water prior to natural gas development

NORWICH – Cornell University is conducting a baseline study of Chenango County well water to determine the amount of methane and dissolved solids in wells prior to any high volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The study by Cornell’s Soil and Water Lab will show if methane is present in a well and whether it is from biological or geological sources. The study will also look for dissolved solids such as barium and bromide that may be linked with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

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