Spill at Marcellus Shale drilling site in Bradford County prompts evacuation
Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 1:00 PM Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 3:08 PM
Seven families in Bradford County have been asked to evacuate following a large spill during fracking operations in the Marcellus Shale at a Chesapeake Energy well west of Towanda, Pa. Earlier reports that there was a blow-out were inaccurate, according to company officials.
A local Emergency Management official said he didn’t believe the families had gone anywhere.
“It’s literally on top of a mountain,” said Francis “Skip” Roupp, deputy director of the Bradford County Emergency Management Agency.
According to Chesapeake spokesman Brian Grove, “At approximately 11:45 p.m. on April 19, an equipment failure occurred during well-completion activities, allowing the release of completion fluids from a well at a location in Leroy Township, Bradford County, Pa.”