Evacuations in Moshannon State Forest
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Marcellus Shale Well Blowout Prompts EvacuationsLAWRENCE TOWNSHIP (KDKA/AP)
There is a developing story out of Clearfield County involving Marcellus Shale drilling and evacuations.
According to an official with Clearfield County's Emergency Services, authorities are evacuating part of the state forest in Lawrence Township after a Marcellus Shale well blowout.
It happened late Thursday night. No one was hurt, but the blowout is still not contained.
Natural gas and thousands of gallons of untreated water are spewing from the well.
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dan Spadoni says the accident happened when unexpectedly high gas pressure in the newly drilled EOG Resources well prevented crews from containing it.
Spadoni said the polluted water hasn't reached a waterway.
Emergency officials are continuing the process of trying to contain the site.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction in the immediate area shortly after 11 a.m.
Spadoni says there are no homes within a mile.
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