Drilling Disaster, Again: Fracking Spill in PA

Yesterday as we were remember the Gulf disaster, when industry strong-armed regulators and we ended up with 11 men dead and the worst environmental disaster in our country's history, another drilling accident took place in Pennsylvania.

The AP reports:

A blowout at a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water Wednesday, contaminating a stream and leading officials to ask seven families who live nearby to evacuate as crews struggled to stop the gusher.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. lost control of the well site near Canton, in Bradford County, around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Tainted water flowed from the site all day Wednesday, though by the mid-afternoon, workers had managed to divert the extremely salty water away from the stream.

Yeah, it's not the magnitude of the Gulf gusher -- but it's an extremely important shot across our bow. We've got to wake and get serious. We cannot allow drilling that threatens our water, air, health, and ecosystems. Virtually nothing has been done to clean up standards with our deepwater off-shore drilling. But we take action now to protect communities from fracking.

Take a look at Sabrina Artel's "Frack Talk" series about the fight over fracking in the Marcellus and what we can do about it.

AlterNet / By Tara Lohan

Posted at April 21, 2011, 7:45am

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