PA Fracking Spill Forces Evacuations

In the same week that marked the one year anniversary of the BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a spill of another sort was happening hundreds of miles away in Pennsylvania.

Chesapeake Energy halted drilling operations in the northern part of the state near Canton after thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water began spilling out of a natural gas well.  The water flowed into nearby farm fields and a stream.  Several families were temporarily evacuated, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

The well was using a technique called “fracking” where drillers inject water, chemicals and other materials to access natural gas deposits trapped beneath the rock.

Spills like this have occurred before, including a recent spill in the Tioga State Forest in Pennsylvania in January.