See, it happens onshore too, quite frequently. This one, like the one in Fort Bend last summer, caused the FAA to declare a no fly zone. They have a video up.
Pa. Officials Say Water, Gas Leaking From Clearfield Co. Well
out-of-control well in Clearfield County.
Emergency officials said a mile-wide area has been evacuated after an
operation drilling into the Marcellus Shale ruptured on Friday.
The FAA has issued a flight restriction in the immediate area.
According to a news release from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management
Agency, a well which was in the frack process ruptured in Clearfield,
spilling frack water and unignited wet gas.
Frack water is water mixed with other substances used during drilling.
According to PEMA, the well is six miles from State Route 153 in the area
of I-80 exit 111.
Emergency officials said I-80 is not currently affected or likely to be
affected by this release.
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Sharon, you caught this before I did! You are good!!!
Sharon – hello from PA
fyi – this occured in Moshannon State Forest – Gov Rendell has leased about a third of PA's state forest land for drilling.
Very Grateful for your blog.
A good example of the clean energy of the future, fostered by the SIERRA CLUB. Aren't we lucky this is in our remote state forest where people will be blocked by guards from seeing the result.
A. Squeaky Wheel says
I've been to this site; they had some spills or leaking pits last summer.
The land belongs to a hunting club, but is surrounded by state land. I am not sure if the hunting club (or the state) was the owner of the mineral rights.
In any case, the line about how the spill is contained has to be wishful thinking. It is on top of a ridge line between two watersheds.