out-of-control well in rural Clearfield County.
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#1 Jun 4, 2010
Natural gas, drilling fluids spewing from Clearfield County well, officials say
By The Associated Press
June 04, 2010, 12:09PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvania environmental officials say natural gas and drilling fluids are pouring from an out-of-control well in rural Clearfield County.
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dan Spadoni said Thursday that no one has been reported injured and the polluted water hasn't reached a waterway.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction in the immediate area shortly after 11 a.m.
Spadoni says the accident happened late last night when unexpectedly high gas pressure in the newly drilled EOG Resources well prevented crews from containing it.
He says emergency crews have been at the scene all morning and companies that specialize in out-of-control wells are on site.
He says there are no homes within a mile.
#2 Jun 4, 2010
I think this is just the beginning of the horror stories we will be hearing about all the gas well drilling going on in the county.
Seems like anyone who owns more than 2.5 acres is leasing out to these gas companies.:)
You folks that have water wells......I feel your pain!
#3 Jun 4, 2010
Near you by chance?
#4 Jun 4, 2010
me? no I'm in DuBois, but I hunt a lot in that area.With the number of these wells in the area, as the other person said, it's only going to happen more, which is scary and sad
#5 Jun 4, 2010
Punsy camp area, not sure if their propery or adjoining.
#6 Jun 4, 2010
Drill baby drill!
#8 Jun 4, 2010
who saw the big foot like creature leaving the area around mile marker 116 in the am hours ?
#9 Jun 4, 2010
that was me
#10 Jun 5, 2010
They said big foot, not little dick.
#11 Jun 6, 2010
Don't worry Bud George is on top of it! If not Obama will take care of it, in a year or two.
#12 Jun 7, 2010
Bud George is ON TOP OF IT?
Do you know where Bud was on Friday afternoon when this was taking place? Was he in his office, receiving minute-by-minute reports and securing assistance from state agencies? Was he at the site of the accident, helping coordinate recovery efforts?
NO! I saw Bud and Edna stumbling around the appliance section of Ollie's Bargain Outlet in Clearfield.
I guarantee that if he hasn't already, he will release a story about how he single-handedly solved this crisis.
WHAT A JOKE!
This man needs to GO!
#13 Jun 7, 2010
HARRISBURG The Department of Environmental Protection today ordered EOG Resources Inc. to suspend its natural gas well drilling activities in Pennsylvania after a June 3 blowout at one of the companys Clearfield County wells sent natural gas and at least 35,000 gallons of drilling wastewater into the sky and over the ground for 16 hours.
DEP Secretary John Hanger said that while the order bans all drilling and hydrofracturing, or fracking, operations for specified periods of time, the suspension will remain in effect until DEP has completed a comprehensive investigation into the leak and the company has implemented any needed changes.
DEP staff, along with an independent expert, will conduct a detailed investigation of not just the incident that occurred last week in Clearfield County, but of EOG Resources drilling operations, as a whole, here in Pennsylvania, said Hanger.The Clearfield County incident presented a serious threat to life and property. We are working with the company to review its Pennsylvania drilling operations fully from beginning to end to ensure an incident of this nature does not happen again.
The order prohibits EOG Resources from drilling activities up to seven days; from engaging in fracking operations up to 14 days; and from completing or initiating post-fracking operations for 30 days in any wells throughout the state. These actions and operations cannot resume until the department agrees that the investigation has been fully completed.
The results of the investigation will also help determine whether DEP should take additional enforcement action against the company, such as fines or penalties.
Hanger added that EOG Resources has been fully cooperative and in agreement with the departments ongoing investigation and order.
The leak began at approximately 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 3, when the wells operators lost control of it while preparing to extract gas after fracking the shale. As a result, natural gas and flowback frack fluid was released uncontrollably onto the ground and 75 feet into the air. The well was capped at around noon on June 4.
...go to Gant for the rest of the story.
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