20 Apr '11, 11pm

While we were all distracted by the #oneyear anniversary of the #oilspill, there was a major #fracking spill in PA.

Environmental regulators and local officials in the Marcellus Shale hotbed of Bradford County, PA are saying “thousands and thousands of gallons of frack fluid [spilled] over containment walls, through fields, personal property and farms, even where cattle continue to graze” after Chesapeake Energy “lost control” over a gas well that in the process of being hydraulically fractured (or “fracked ”) late last night. The accident – which has eerie echoes to the tragic events surrounding the BP oil well blow-out that occurred one year ago today in the Gulf of Mexico – has resulted in the evacuation of local residents, as well as contamination of a nearby stream that feeds the nearby Susquehanna River. Reportedly , contaminated wastewaters flowed unabated from the well for over 12 hours following the blow-out. It is chilling to hear phrases like “blow-out” and “efforts to kill t...

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