Fracking Disaster Unfolding in Bradford County, Pennsylvania
by Buck Quigley - posted 4:40 pm, April 20, 2011
Thousands of gallons of fracking fluid are spilling uncontrollably from a natural gas well in Pennsylvania. The well blew out last night, and is still spilling out of control this afternoon. Here are some details:
Bradford County’s director of public safety said a Chesapeake well went out of control late Tuesday night. That means the well blew near the surface, spilling thousands and thousands of gallons of frack fluid over containment walls, through fields, personal property and farms, even where cattle continue to graze.
DEP is taking ground water and stream samples to determine the extent of the spill.
Officials said fluids from the well have, in fact, contaminated Towanda Creek which feeds into the Susquehanna River.
The unfolding emergency took place on the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill. The surrounding area has been evacuated.