Wyoming County Gas Well Spill Forces Evacuations
The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that waste water is flowing from a gas well in Washington Township, Wyoming County. Three families have been evacuated and are staying in nearby hotels. More from the Times-Tribune:
The well was releasing the salty, chemically treated wastewater at around 800 gallons a minute but the flow has since been reduced to 400 gallons a minute, [said DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly]. About 5,400 barrels of the fluid have been captured in tanks and about 3,100 barrels of that has been trucked off site. There are 42 gallons in a barrel.
Some of the fluid is running off the pad but a temporary catch basin has been set up across the road on an adjacent leased property to contain it, she said. A well control crew is scheduled to arrive on site later this morning.