Chicago gas utility now looking at 11 affected water wells near Mahomet

Chicago gas utility now looking at 11 affected water wells near Mahomet

CHAMPAIGN — Chicago-based Peoples Gas now said it is looking at 11 private water wells with higher-than-normal levels of natural gas in the Mahomet area.

The previous number was five. But Peoples Gas spokesman Brian Manthey said Friday that more tests revealed seven wells contain gas from last year's leak from the Manlove Field facility, and four wells contain remnants of gas from the 1960s.

Manthey said residents affected are getting the same offers as before, including bottled water and water/gas separators. Manthey also said Peoples Gas has gotten state permits to drill four relief wells.  Two will be on company property, and officials are looking for permission to drill two on private property.

Champaign attorney Matt Duco, who is representing the affected residents, referred to these new developments as "widespread contamination" of drinking water. He said he's glad Peoples Gas is owning up to it.

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