The Documents Chesapeake Energy Doesn’t Want You To SeeAug 11th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Fracking, Lead Articles
Chesapeake Energy pumped more than 1.4 million gallons of fluid to a depth of more than 2 miles at a natural gas well in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, before a blowout sent tens of thousands of gallons of the toxic liquid coursing over fertile farmland and into a nearby creek, according to documents obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org.
The documents, obtained by NaturalGasWatch.org from the federal Environmental Protection Agency under a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request, show that the fluid Chesapeake used in operations at the well contained more than two dozen chemicals, including methanol, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, 2-butoxyethanol and hydrocloric acid. They also specify the amounts used and detail the role each substance played in the hydraulic fracturing process.
In addition, a schematic diagram of the the Chesapeake well shows how deep into the earth the fluids were injected and how much natural gas was recovered at each depth, as well as the materials used to construct the well and its casings.
Chesapeake tried to block the documents’ release, claiming that both were protected from release under the FOIA rules because they constituted proprietary and confidential business information. Both documents are marked “confidential.”
Both documents can be viewed in their entirety by clicking on the links below.