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Officials Say Tainted Water Spilled at PA Natural Gas Well

Operators have lost control of a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania, leading to a spill of fluids used in the drilling process.

Bradford County emergency officials say thousands of gallons of tainted water have spilled from a Chesapeake Energy Corp. well site near Canton since early Wednesday.

Francis Roupp is deputy director of the county emergency management agency. He tells The Associated Press there were no injuries, explosion or fire.

He says fluids have reached a small stream but "no adverse effects" have been reported. He says a cracked well casing is suspected.

Chesapeake spokesman Rory Sweeney says the company is preparing a statement.

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