Life in the Gas Lane: Blowout! Edition
So, as just about everyone within range of a media source knows, Chesapeake Energy had a blowout at one of its natural gas drilling sites here in Bradford County, PA.
On the anniversary of BP's Deepwater Horizon blowout, thousands of gallons of chemical- and salts-laden fracking fluid were released, with an unknown amount entering the Towanda Creek.
A creek that is considered one of the prime trout and bass streams in the area, and which feeds into the Susquehanna River. (Pretty much anything I could say, Amy Souers Kobar at American Rivers said much better, and without cursing.)
As always in these situations, emergency management, the Dept. of Environmental Protection, and company officials are spewing the happy horse manure that all's well and there will be no impact on fish, wildlife, or plant life -- or the humans -- in the area. Considering that DEP now has a "top-down" directive, which gives officials in Harrisburg the final approval before "enforcement orders involving a fine, remedial action or the initial notice of violation" can be issued by the regional DEP offices....um, yeah. Like the member of the local "Official Old Dudes" coffee klatch at the local diner said yesterday, "If it came from Harrisburg, assume it's lying."
Chesapeake has suspended "well completion operations" at all its sites in Pennsylvania until the cause can be identified, which is currently thought to be a failed coupling below the blowout preventer.
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Personal Note: It isn't all bad news in BC, and I want to share my excitement. On May 4th, I'll be inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society of two-year colleges, and on May 14th, I'll graduate from college (summa cum laude!) with an associate's degree in human services.
But wait! There's more! I received acceptance letters from all twelve schools I'd applied to for transfer, including (to my utter shock) Ithaca College. However...after a lot of thought, especially about the amount of debt I'm willing to take on, I'll be pursuing a bachelor's in sociology at Minnesota State-Moorhead.