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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Susquehanna County Water Well Blows Up

DEP probes blast in gas-drilling region

STAFF WRITER--Times-Tribune
Published: Saturday, January 03, 2009
Updated: Saturday, January 3, 2009 7:12 AM EST
DIMOCK TWP. — An explosion blew apart the 8-foot-wide cement slab covering a water well Thursday night in the heart of the Susquehanna County region where a natural gas operator is exploring for gas in the Marcellus Shale.

Local emergency crews and representatives of Cabot Oil and Gas, the firm exploring in the township, responded to Norma Fiorentino’s house on Route 2024 at about 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day to find the cement slab split open above a gaping manhole in her front yard.

The explosion’s cause has not been determined, county emergency management coordinator Charlene Moser said. She said she suspects that a concentration of something flammable spontaneously combusted when the water well pump in the manhole turned on. More...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There is no way this could have been caused by natural gas drilling and fracking.(sarcasm)...i have been assured by many other posters that the water table can't be affected by this. Let's just keep on punching holes down through the aquifer and see what blows up next!!!