Who knew "a mixture of water and sand" would burn.
An impoundment near a shale gas drilling operation caught fire last Wednesday in Washington County.
Prior to the explosion and fire, residents had spent three days attempting to contact the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to report noxious fumes emanating from the open pit.
At about 8 AM Wednesday, March 31st, residents heard a loud explosion and saw the impoundment pond on fire with clouds of black smoke. "I saw about about a 100-foot flame you could see it seven miles away," said resident George Zimmerman, reported last Thursday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution opposing any fracking pending an environmental impact study. Take a hint Texans!