Goochland residents concerned about methane levels

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Goochland United Soccer Association plays in Hidden Rock Park, which is across from a landfill. One that's leaking potentially dangerous levels of methane gas. Coaches and parents say players won't play ball there until they are certain it's 100 percent safe.

"What we are doing just now is scrambling to try and relocate the fields that are in the park to other areas," said GUSA President Robert Dewar.

Methane is a natural gas commonly found at landfills, and is not toxic. It can, however, be highly flammable at certain levels.

A representative from DEQ says there is a marginal chance for an explosion at this methane level. Community members say even marginal is too much.

In June, the DEQ ordered the county to install a remediation system to control methane levels. A spokesperson says now, six months later, they are working on that.

There is a Goochland County Board of Supervisors meeting coming up on Tuesday. That's again when county officials say they'll fully discuss this issue.

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