21 Apr '11, 12am

More Fracking Problems: Surface Blowouts at Gas Wells Likely to Increase

More Fracking Problems: Surface Blowouts at Gas Wells Likely to Increase

As environmental media outlets turned their attention to the anniversary of the BP Gulf spill -- a year ago today -- yet another energy-related disaster occurred. A gas well owned by Chesapeake Energy in Pennsylvania suffered a blowout today, and spilled thousands of gallons of everyone's favorite fracking fluids into the surrounding environment. (Refresher: those fracking chemicals are comprised of toxic stuff that the companies who use them keep secret). It's certainly not a disaster anywhere close to par with the Gulf spill, but Time's Bryan Walsh makes a good point: with bipartisan political support for natural gas firmly in place, and an industry primed to take up the slack from dirty coal, we're probably going to see more accidents like this.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/more-fracking-pro...

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