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DOI: 10.1306/eg.01051615015

Dissolved methane in shallow groundwater of the Appalachian Basin: Results from the Chesapeake Energy predrilling geochemical database

Donald Siegel,1 Bert Smith,2 Elizabeth Perry,3 Rikka Bothun,4 and Mark Hollingsworth5

1Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse University, 204 Heroy Geology Laboratory, Syracuse, New York 13244; [email protected]
2Enviro Clean Cardinal, 3700 W. Robinson Street, Suite 200, Norman, Oklahoma 73072; [email protected]
3AECOM Technology Corporation, 250 Apollo Drive, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 08124; [email protected]
4AECOM Technology Corporation, 1601 Prospect Parkway, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525; present address: ddms Inc., 1217 Bandana Blvd. N., St. Paul, Minnesota 55108-5514; [email protected]
5Chesapeake Energy Corporation, 6100 N. Western Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118; [email protected]


Conflict of interest information is provided below for the authors of this paper.

• Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Chesapeake) funded the authors of this paper through their organizations of employment and, in the case of the senior author, privately, to do basic research to evaluate this very large data set and prepare the paper. Data were collected on behalf of Chesapeake by paid third-party consultants to comply with regulatory programs. The analyses and interpretations, and report writing, were done by the authors of the paper. The decision to submit the paper was that of the authors. The opinions and conclusions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Chesapeake.

• During the preparation of this paper, all authors worked for the organizations noted in authorship. Mark Hollingsworth is a current employee of Chesapeake, having worked there from February 2011 to the present. Prior to Mr. Hollingsworth’s employment by Chesapeake, he worked for TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., which provided laboratory analytical consulting services to Chesapeake. Bert Smith is a former employee of Chesapeake, having worked there from May 2012 to September 2013, and has been employed by Enviro Clean Cardinal from November 2013 to the present. Enviro Clean Cardinal also does consulting work for Chesapeake. Prior to May 2013, Mr. Smith worked for Science Applications International Corporation, which did consulting work for Chesapeake. Elizabeth Perry works for AECOM, who provides energy consulting services to government and private industry, including Chesapeake. Rikka Bothun also worked for AECOM during most of the time this paper was under preparation but left AECOM in December 2014 and now works for a private consulting company that does not do consulting work for Chesapeake.

• None of the following authors (Don Siegel, Bert Smith, Elizabeth Perry, or Rikka Bothun) have competing corporate financial interests exceeding guidelines presented by AAPG Environmental Geosciences Journal. Mark Hollingsworth is a current employee of Chesapeake and owns stock in the company in an amount in excess of $5000.

• Donald Siegel is the lead author and contributor to the manuscript’s preparation, technical interpretations, and review of these data and the manuscript. Bert Smith contributed to the manuscript preparation, technical interpretations, and review of these data and the manuscript. Elizabeth Perry and Rikka Bothun contributed to the manuscript preparation, technical interpretations, and review. Mark Hollingsworth maintains the Chesapeake baseline data set and contributed to the manuscript preparation and review of these data and the manuscript.

• Due to confidentiality agreements with landowners whose wells were sampled, latitude and longitude cannot be shown on maps.

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