Remind me: How close are those dozens of planned wells to the Argyle intermediate school?
“The event at the well site could have been a catastrophic incident that endangered life and property,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger said in a statement. “This was not a minor accident but a serious incident that will be fully investigated by this agency with the appropriate and necessary actions taken quickly.”
Gas, fluids spew for hours from blown-out Pa. well
By JENNIFER C. YATES, MARC LEVY
Associated Press Writer
The potential impacts of underground blowout are numerous and well documented:
- Surface blowout potentially causing loss of life and property and resulting in release of hydrocarbons to the air, land and water.
- Pollution of acquifers with gas, oil, brines, fracing and drilling fluids. (Benzene is one constituent of natural gas and is a known carcinogen.)
- Long term, continuous pollution of the atmosphere caused by seepage of gas though the ground to the surface.
- Significant reductions in recoverable reserves.