A Chesapeake Energy drilling rig working in Oklahoma hit a shallow pocket of gas on Thursday causing a blowout which burned the rig to the ground. Jim Gipson, Director – Media Relations for Chesapeake, told the media one story but told a concerned Denton citizen a completely different story. Both stories can’t be true.
You can read Story #1 and Story #2 on EARTHblog.
UPDATE: the comments on EARTHblog are interesting and gave me the opportunity to update the post with additional information from a petroleum engineer.
Since this industry is stuck on stupid we may never know the whole truth so we will have to assume the worst.
Here’s what we do know:
Somewhere near Sweetwater, Oklahoma there is a big, gaping hole directly through the High Plains aquifer. The hole is now full of additive laced drilling mud and the newly released shallow gas .
Previous blog post about the blowout HERE.