Friday, June 4, 2010
Marcellus Gas Well Explodes in Pennsylvania
It happened last night shortly before midnight. The crew had just completed hydrofracking of the subsurface when gas pressure blew out the well, blowing fracking fluid 75 feet into the air, sending a plume of natural gas hundreds of feet into the air, and discharging 1.5 million gallons of the gunk into a nearby stream. Luckily the gas never caught fire, and crews were able to plug the well mid-day today. No word on why the safety control didn't work.