In an earlier post I forgot to ask what research had been done to identify and justify the use of solvents and waste water in fracking the shale below the water table. The oil bearing shale is thought to be well below the water table and the process is shown in the video
There have been other issues such as earthquakes in some areas: Huffington Post article…
But, You can see for yourself…
Gas Well Spews Polluted Water
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Published: April 20, 2011
The Chesapeake Energy Corporationlost control of the well site near Canton, in Bradford County, around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Tainted water continued to flow Wednesday afternoon, though workers finally managed to prevent any more of it from reaching the stream.
No injuries were reported, and there was no explosion or fire.
Chesapeake said a piece of equipment failed late Tuesday while the well was being hydraulically fractured, or fracked. In the fracking process, millions of gallons of water, along with chemical additives and sand, are injected at high pressure down the well bore to break up the shale and release the gas.
State environmental regulators were taking water samples from the tributary of Towanda Creek, which is stocked with trout.
The blowout comes amid a natural gas drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale formation.