Chesapeake Suspends Fracking in PA and WV to Investigate Well Blowout

by Dee Fulton on April 22, 2011

A press relesase by Chesapeake says, “Chesapeake has voluntarily suspended all completion operations in Pennsylvania as we evaluate this incident.” Ken Ward reported in his Sustained Outrage blog “Rory Sweeney, a spokesman for Chesapeake, just clarified that Chesapeake has halted  “fracking” operations at all of its eastern operations,including in West Virginia, while it investigates the Pennsylvania incident.”

Thousands of gallons of toxic frack fluid flowed into a stream in Bradford County, Pa after a Chesapeake well blowout that began at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.  It took till mid-afternoon Wednesday for Chesapeake’s crews to stop the fracturing fluid from running into a nearby tributary of Towanda Creek — a state-designated trout stock fishery that eventually flows into the Susquehanna River.  Seven families who live adjacent to the site in Leroy were evacuated as a precaution, and a local farmer was told to not let his cows drink surface water on his farm, officials said.

Read more: Post Gazette story, 4-21-11

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Judy McDade April 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm

There are more horror stories than happy endings with fracking. I think until a governor or politician actually has
his own home water poisoned or the air polluted nothing will
change. The only thing changing with rapidity is the pollution
coming from an industry that is STILL BEING STUDIED BY OUR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. It is shameful, how money
influences our so called leaders.


Bradley Cromer April 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I think that anyone who knowingly Poisons the Limited Safe Water sources of this Great State is like being a Terrorist. Poisoning a Well, Pond, Stream, or River is a Criminal act. and should be punishable by Law. Poisoning our streams and rivers takes away a safe food source… Trout and it’s ecosystem. Stop this form of Terrorism Please. Water is worth more than Gold. Thank you for our time.


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