Breaking News: Gas Well spill prompts evacuation
Ok, it’s seven total families who may or may not have left the area, but that not the point. There has been a major accident at a Gas Well in Bradford County, PA, resulting from ‘equipment failure’ at a Chesapeake Energy sitel located west of Towanda, PA.
According to Chesapeake spokesman Brian Grove, “At approximately 11:45 p.m. on April 19, an equipment failure occurred during well-completion activities, allowing the release of completion fluids from a well at a location in Leroy Township, Bradford County, Pa.”
To add insult to injury; the spill contaminated Towanda Creek–a creek that drains into the Susquehanna River. The spill appears to have overwhelmed the containment features at the well. They were already strained due to the large volumes of recent rains. Just as with the BP spill, the drillers are attempting to get this well under control using ‘drilling mud’; but the product on hand wasn’t ‘heavy enough’ to stop the flow.
According to DEP spokeswoman Katy Gresh, the agency has at least eight staffers on scene. DEP also states that fluids are no longer flowing into the stream.So far, there is no evidence of aquatic life killed, but DEP is actively monitoring.
So, it’s been a day and a half since the spill began; and it’s not under control yet. Even more so is the naïvetè of Bradford county’s director of public safety who reported to the media that he didn’t know what types of chemicals spilled, but that he was sure there was no damage to the creek.
Too many people are thinking with their wallets and not with their minds. Those containment features should have at least been pumped dry before work continued on this well.
Please, write your legislators and express your outrage at this latest travesty! If you live in PA, you can find them here.