Properties tested near Cordova for methane gas leaks

CORDOVA, Ala. (WIAT) — Homeowners near Cordova are getting their property tested to see if there is methane leaking out out of their wells.

It’s colorless, odorless and tasteless, but when methane accumulates in a pocket underground, just one spark can cause an explosion.

This weekend several properties were found to have dangerously high levels of methane gas leaking out of their wells.

The underground methane discovery has neighbors not only on edge about how it will be fixed but upset that it could have caused on explosion.

Retired coal miner Truman Wallace worked underneath this neighborhood for a decade.

His knowledge of methane helped him discover it spewing out of this well while walking past Ruby McCoy’s house.

“It’s terrible. There’s been many coal miners killed as a result of it in explosions,” Wallace said.

Wallace says although it’s safely ventilated, based on his years of experience as a coal miner and living in the area, it could be a costly and complicated process to permanently fix the problem.

“We can’t just leave it like this,” said Wallace, “I don’t know what a permanent fix is gonna be”

Just a few hundred yards away, Robert Brown’s well didn’t test positive for methane.

“Not yet but it could be,” Brown said. “If one of those underground mines runs under here it could very easily work its way over here.”

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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