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A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey is finding methane occurrence in South-Central New York in an 1,800 square mile area along the Pennsylvania border was at about 15%. 

The study says 66 wells were sampled in the summer of 2012, all at least a mile from any gas well, active, exploratory or abandoned.

The report seems to be non-conclusive saying the “results indicate strong positive and negative associations between hydrogeologic settings and methane occurrence.”

The study further calls the occurrence of methane in groundwater in the region common.

Some families in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania in an area where hydraulic fracture drilling for natural gas has been on-going have claimed their water has been contaminated as a result of the fracking operations.

The U.S. Geological Survey report can be found at www.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5190.