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article imageFrack gas well blowout in northern Pennsylvania, stream tainted

By Lynn Herrmann     Apr 20, 2011 in Environment
Canton - A natural gas well has blown out in rural northern Pennsylvania, with reports of thousands of gallons of fracking fluid having spilled, with some fluids reaching a small stream in the area.
According to WNEP, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is at a natural gas drilling site in Bradford County. The rural farming community is the scene of a massive operation in dealing with the spill that occurred when a fracking well blew out new the surface.
The well, owned by Chesapeake Energy, went out of control late Tuesday night and since then, WNEP reports, has spilled
thousands and thousands of gallons of frack fluid over containment walls, through fields, personal property and farms, even where cattle continue to graze.
The fracking fluids have contaminated Towanda Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River.
There have been no reported injuries from the accident. Residents in the vicinity have been asked to evacuate and seven families living near the well site have been moved until the situation is under control.
Chesapeake spokesman Brian Grove said in a statement: “As a precautionary measure, seven families who live near the location have been temporarily relocated until all agencies involved are confident the situation has been contained. There have been no injuries or natural gas emissions to the atmosphere,” according to Salon.
Just this week a new Congressional report revealed the fracking industry is using known carcinogenic agents in the controversial fracking process to obtain hard-to-reach natural gas deposits lying between shale formations.
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