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Fracked Gas Well Blowout in Louisiana Likely to Burn for the Next Month

A fracked natural gas well in northwest Louisiana has been burning for two weeks after suffering a blowout. A state official said the fire will likely burn for the next month before the flames can be brought under control by drilling a relief well. DeSmog obtained drone video footage shot 13 days after the blowout, which occurred early in the morning on August 30, the day after the well was hydraulically fractured. A tower of flames reportedly shot into the air that could be seen from more than 30 miles away. While the flames are no longer as intense, the fire is still visible from a distance of more than a mile. GEP Haynesville, LLC, the well's operator, told local ABC affiliate KPVI that the fire started during flow-back operations, but the exact cause has not been determined yet.  Experts have voiced concerns over the pollution being released, especially given the length of time this fossil fuel well has been leaking and burning.  Read more.....

 

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