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The Ramapo Fault System
The Ramapo Fault is part of a system of north-east striking, southeast-dipping faults, which are mapped from southeastern New York to eastern Pennsylvania and beyond. These faults were active at different times during the evolution of the Appalachians, especially in the Mesozoic when they served as border faults to the Newark Basin and other extensional basins formed by the opening of the Atlantic Ocean approximately 200 million years ago.
Officials said thousands of gallons of fluid leaked over farm land and into a creek from a natural gas well in Bradford County. Now there is a massive operation underway to contain the spill of drilling fluids. The rupture near Canton happened late Tuesday night, contaminating nearby land and creeks. The blowout happened on the Morse family farm in LeRoy Township outside Canton, a farming community. Chesapeake Energy officials said a piece of equipment on the well failed. Now a major response is underway to stop the leak of frack fluid and get control of the well. Water is gushing from the earth at the Chesapeake well pad. It has been all hands on deck to put a stop to the leak of fracking fluid that, according to company officials, spilled thousands and thousands of gallons into nearby land and waterways. "We've been able to limit the flow. We're still doing additional work to regain full control," said Brian Grove of Chesapeake Energy. He added there is no telling yet how much of that extremely salty water mixed with chemicals and sand has impacted the nearby Towanda Creek, but no gas has escaped into the air.
Citing potentially unsafe drinking water, Pennsylvania is calling on companies drilling in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation to stop taking wastewater to the 15 treatment plants that accept it by May 19.
Natural Gas Well Blowout
Published: 4/20 6:55 pm
Bradford County, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said they’re working to kill the leaking well in LeRoy Township Thursday afternoon. DEP officials said the well is still leaking small amounts of fluid that are being contained as the DEP vacuums the fluid up. Rubber and plastic materials will be put down the well, followed by mud to seal it off, according to DEP officials. The agency has taken water samples from area wells and ground water to be tested for any possible contamination; the results from those samples aren’t back in yet. DEP officials said two of the six families in the area have chosen to leave their homes. The DEP could not confirm how much fluid leaked from the well. Calls to Chesapeake Energy, who owns the well, were not immediately returned.
They say that's when frack fluids began to spill out. The fluid is a mixture of water and salt. The material went into a near-by field and the Towanda Creek. DEP officials are monitoring the situation. Crews are trying to pour mud inside the well to get the spill under control. No injuries were reported, however because of the fluid mixture, officials say this could be an environmental concern. County - A natural gas blowout occurred early Wednesday morning in Leroy Township, contaminating a near-by creek. Emergency management officials in Bradford County say the blowout happened around two in the morning when something broke inside a Chesapeake Energy gas well on State Route 3308.
WETM 18 News
After a natural gas blowout in Bradford County yesterday, Chesapeake Energy has now suspended fracking throughout Pennsylvania until they can determine a cause.
CANTON, Pa. (AP) -
A natural gas company has suspended "fracking" at all of its wells throughout Pennsylvania. This will last until they figure out the cause of a spill in Bradford County. Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Thursday that crews have significantly reduced the flow of chemical-laced water from its out-of-control well near Canton in Leroy Township. Spokesman Brian Grove says that the exact cause of Tuesday night's breach is unknown, but that it's located in a wellhead connection. Thousands of gallons of drilling fluids were spilled. They escaped containment, crossed over farm fields and went into a stream. Grove says initial testing of area waterways has shown "minimal impact, if any." Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing and involves injecting chemicals into the ground to release natural gas.