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Maryland To Sue Chesapeake Energy Corp. For Frack Spill

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Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler plans file a lawsuit against Chesapeake Energy Corp. after an April 19 equipment failure at a Pennsylvania drilling site caused “tens of thousands of gallons” of fracking fluid to spill over farm fields and into Towanda Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River.

Fracking fluid is used deep underground to separate layers of bedrock and allow the natural gas from Marcellus Shale formations to escape.  In PA, the frack fluid leaked from a wellhead connection in the containment system.

Gansler said this leak “may pose … an imminent and substantial endangerment to the health of the population adjacent to the well site, recreational users of Towanda Creek and the Susquehanna River and to the environment. …”

Chesapeake Energy Corp senior director for corporate development, Brian Grove, said that testing around the spill found no adverse affects on aquatic wildlife in Towanda Creek, and that testing done a short distance downstream in the Susquehanna found no effects whatsoever.

Grove said that Chesapeake is confident there will be no impact father away from the spill.

Gansler is suing Chesapeake Energy for violation of federal anti-pollution laws. disclaimer: This article: Maryland To Sue Chesapeake Energy Corp. For Frack Spill was posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 6:21 pm at and is filed under Toxic Substances Lawsuits.

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