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Fracking Spill In Pennsylvania Prompts Chesapeake Energy To Suspend Gas Drilling Across State

04/21/11 11:38 AM ET   AP

CANTON, Pa. -- A natural gas company has suspended "fracking" at all of its wells throughout Pennsylvania until it figures out the cause of a spill in the northern part of the state.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. said Thursday that crews have significantly reduced the flow of chemical-laced water from its out-of-control well near Canton in Bradford County.

Spokesman Brian Grove says that the exact cause of Tuesday night's breach is unknown, but that it's located in a wellhead connection.

Thousands of gallons of drilling fluids were spilled. They escaped containment, crossed over farm fields and went into a stream.

Grove says initial testing of area waterways has shown "minimal impact, if any."

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing and involves injecting chemicals into the ground to release natural gas.

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