PA DEP Says No Danger to Residents in Fracking Fluid Spill Area
3/14/2013 (Updated 10:52:15 PM)
Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection says there is no danger to homes and residents in the Tunkhannock area of Wyoming County, following a fracking fluid spill that began around 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
Coleen Connoly of the DEP tells us that because of a drill malfunction, flow- back fluid leaked onto a natural gas well pad. For a time, there was some concern of a flare off, or even an explosion, as the fluid escaped at 800 gallons per minute. But the flow was reduced to half that rate, and was capped off at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The well pad, run by the Carrizo Gas Company is in Washington Township. As a precaution, about four families were evacuated from the area, but are now returning home.
The fluid was mostly contained to a retaining pond, and is now being trucked off to a disposal facility.
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