Study: Fifty Years After a Blowout, This Natural-Gas Reservoir Is Still Contaminating the Local Groundwater

Fifty years after a catastrophic blowout, an underground natural-gas reservoir in the Netherlands is still leaking methane into the local drinking-water aquifer, a new study finds. There’s no evidence of the methane leak aboveground, but water drawn from some wells adjacent to the blowout site has enough methane in it to merit immediate action to prevent explosions, a team of Dutch geologists found.

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