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Chesapeake Ordered to Turn Over Fracking Fluid Ingredients in Bradford County, PA.

April 30, 2011

Chesapeake Energy has until May 9th to hand over total information on the blown well near Canton in Bradford County.  The Federal EPA has demanded the list of chemicals used along with many other specifics.

Selected excerpts from the Environmental Leader article “EPA Requests Chesapeake’s Fracking Blowout Info“:

“The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the lead government body in the case, but the EPA requested preliminary information from Chesapeake by the end of the day on April 26. The agency asked for information regarding the hydraulic fracturing fluids used in the drilling process at the well; the water, land and air affected by the release; and any private well, surface water and soil sampling data collected in the area before and after the mishap.”

“By May 9, the company is directed to provide more extensive information regarding:

  • Details of the incident, including timelines, sources of discharge and the extent of environmental impact
  • Substances placed into or returned to the surface from the wells at the site
  • Whether radiological compounds are or were present in the fluids or sediment generated as part of the well development
  • Results of any subsequent sampling data
  • Effects on any drinking water supplies
  • All permits or water quality standards that may have been violated
  • Any other leaks, spills or releases that have occurred at wells on the drilling site
  • The history of drilling operations at the well site
  • Each chemical brought to the site, including type and quantities and storage, management and handling practices
  • Any temporary wastewater storage impoundments on the site
  • Processing of wastewater from wells at the site

‘We want a complete accounting of operations at the site to determine our next steps in this incident and to help prevent future releases of this kind,’ said EPA regional administrator Shawn M. Garvin.”

6 days after the leaking began on Tuesday evening April 19, the workers finally capped the out of control well.  An unspecified number of thousands of gallons of toxic fracking fluid made it’s way into farm fields and into Towanda Creek.  Pennsylvania DEP officials expect results from their water testing on Towanda Creek and local drinking water wells to be returned in the coming days.

To view the WNEP Newswatch 16 story “Chesapeake Ordered to Turn Over Fracking Fluid Ingredients” click here.

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