Thursday, April 21, 2011

Gas well blowout in Pennsylvania forces evacuations

CANTON, Pennsylvania, USA - A blowout at a natural gas well in Bradford County sent families packing and pollution officials scrambling to figure out the dimensions of a spill of well-related chemicals.

The well started leaking highly toxic fracking fluid into nearby Towanda Creek (noted for its trout fishing) and as a precaution, families living nearby were evacuated.

The fracking system for extracting natural gas from deep in shale rock formations, so far, is being studied in New York. Currently, it is not allowed in New York State, but is in many others around the nation.

The full story from the Elmira Star-Gazette can be read here:

A frack-up in Pennsylvania

A natural gas well site owned by Chesapeake (Photo by AP)

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