Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pennsylvania Gas Well Capped Following Frack Blowout

Posted By on Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Two days following a "fracking" emergency in Leroy Township, Penn., officials say they have temporarily plugged a natural gas well that suffered a blowout earlier this week.

The controversial practice of fracking sends high-pressured fluids through exploration wells to free up natural gas production. The blowout resulted in thousands of gallons of fracking liquid spilling into farmlands and a nearby stream, and leading to the evacuation of nearby residents.

A spokesman for Chesapeake Energy, opeator of the well, said they don't have an exact number of the gallons that spilled through the Pennsylvania countryside. Chesapeake is still working on a solution to fix the well permanently.

Idaho's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this past Tuesday adopted temporary rules allowing fracking to take place in Idaho's natural gas exploration sites. Bridge Resources, a Colorado-based company, asked for and was granted permission to begin using the process at its Payette County wells, though company officials insist that their technique will be what they call "mini-fracking," at a much lower level than seen at similar sites across the nation.

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