Major Fracking Accident in Pennsylvania…
I’ve posted before on the dangers of Fracking (the horizontal drilling in the Marcellus Shale for natural gas using toxic fluids called “hydrofracturing”) and have been questioning the gubernatorial primary candidates in WV, where fracking is about to expand from where it now stands, asking what they are going to do to protect citizens.
If you have seen the film “Gasland” then you know what the real dangers are… and no one seems to have solutions to protect our water and air.
Now there is a massive operation underway to contain the spill of drilling fluids.
The rupture near Canton happened late Tuesday night, contaminating nearby land and creeks.
The blowout happened on the Morse family farm in LeRoy Township outside Canton, a farming community.
Chesapeake Energy officials said a piece of equipment on the well failed.
Now a major response is underway to stop the leak of frack fluid and get control of the well.
Water is gushing from the earth at the Chesapeake well pad. It has been all hands on deck to put a stop to the leak of fracking fluid that, according to company officials, spilled thousands and thousands of gallons into nearby land and waterways.
“We’ve been able to limit the flow. We’re still doing additional work to regain full control,” said Brian Grove of Chesapeake Energy. He added there is no telling yet how much of that extremely salty water mixed with chemicals and sand has impacted the nearby Towanda Creek, but no gas has escaped into the air.
“The biggest thing is the footprint on the environment. Well obviously this is a big footprint,” said neighbor Ted Tomlinson. “It’s one of those things that happens. Gotta live with it, I guess. Here to stay.”
Neighbors like him were asked to leave their homes as a precaution. Some did, and some did not. “Our family’s been on this corner a long time and expect to stay and expect a good-faith effort from Chesapeake so that we can live here,” Tomlinson added.
His concern is for his drinking water well just several football fields away from the blownout gas well.
“That’s typically everyone’s concern in the area, is well water,” Tomlinson added. We don’t want all that other stuff. We want to keep on drinking it.”
- BREAKING: Pennsylvania Fracking Spill A Haunting Reminder on BP Anniversary (desmogblog.com)
- “Fracking Disaster Unfolding in Bradford County, Pennsylvania” and related posts (blogs.artvoice.com)
- Spill at Marcellus Shale drilling site in Bradford County prompts evacuation (beavercountyblue.org)
- More Bad News For Natural Gas: An Accident In Pennsylvania Is Pouring Toxic Fracking Fluid Into A River (CHK) (businessinsider.com)
- Report: Drilling fluid spilled at Pa. gas well (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Thank-you, Tom Corbett, may I have another (jcwinnie.biz)
- Nothing To See Here (eschatonblog.com)
- Hydrofracking well blowout in Pennsylvania (timesunion.com)
Posted on April 20, 2011, in Announcement, Business, Climate Change, Corporations, Economics, Education, event, government, Internet, Legal, News, Opinion, Politics, quote, Science, Technology, Television, Video, Warning and tagged Bradford County Pennsylvania, Chesapeake Energy, Gasland, Hydraulic fracturing, Marcellus Formation, Natural gas, Towanda Creek, WNEP-TV. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.