DAWSON CREEK -- A new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) found methane in groundwater in northeast B.C. occurs naturally. 

The study looked at groundwater and it's proximity to natural gas wells. 

Researchers found methane, at very low concentration levels, occured naturally.

They found no relationship between fracking and gas found in the aquifer system.

In contract, a recent study from the University of Toronto found higher levels of organic pollutants around homes in the Peace Region near fracking sites. 

The UBC study was support by the BC Oil and Gas Commission, Geoscience BC, The Minister of Energy, Mines and low carbon innovation and Matics. 

These types of research studies will help answer questions raised by industry, communities, indigenous groups and governments.