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Chesapeake Says Well Blowout Is Under Control

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks answers, Chesapeake Energy Corp. said the blowout of one of its Marcellus Shale wells in northeast Pennsylvania is now under control.

The company said crews regained "permanent well control" of Atgas 2H at about 6:05 p.m. Monday by replacing the damaged wellhead. The well blew out late last Tuesday night (April 19) but has been in "stable" condition for days (see Shale Daily, April 25).

Chesapeake said it plans to continue testing soil and water in the region alongside the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), but it reiterated that tests to date have shown "minimal environmental impact."

Chesapeake still does not know the cause of the incident, other than to blame wellhead equipment.

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