25 Apr '11, 3pm

Company halts “fracking” while it investigates causes of blowout

25 Apr 2011: U.S. Company Halts “Fracking” While It Investigates Causes of Blowout A large U.S. producer of natural gas from underground shale formations says it will suspend the controversial drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing , or fracking, at seven well sites until it has investigated the causes High-Risk Energy Boom Sweeps Across North America Energy companies are rushing to develop unconventional sources of oil and gas. So far, Keith Schneider writes, government officials have shown little concern for the environmental consequences. READ THE e360 REPORT behind a drilling accident last week. Chesapeake Energy has halted its fracking operations following a blowout in Bradford County in northeastern Pennsylvania that led to a spill of thousands of gallons of drilling fluid. Fracking — which involves blasting a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals deep underground...

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