Pennsylvania Fracking Well Blows Out, Spewing Salt Water & Drilling Fluid


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Pennsylvania is where the first commercial oil well was developed - using a log cabin-style rig housing (as pictured). There were some spills and fires but the industry matured technologically, moved to Texas, and the rest is history. A hundred and fifty some years later, the drilling industry seems to have returned to the log-cabin stage.Wall Street Journal has covered it.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A blowout at a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water Wednesday, contaminating a stream and leading officials to ask seven families who live nearby to evacuate as crews struggled to stop the gusher.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. lost control of the well site near Canton, in Bradford County, around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Tainted water flowed from the site all day Wednesday, though by the mid-afternoon, workers had managed to divert the extremely salty water away from the stream.

Additional secondary containment capacity would have been helpful. But for that to happen, they'd have to change the approach.


Pennsytucky blow-out preventer.
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