Well fluid spills into NE PA horse farm, basement

Written by The Associated Press | May 1, 2013 6:14 AM

Photo by Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania

A well north of Tunkhannock that was the site of a spill on March 13, 2013.

(Tunkhannock) -- State environmental officials say briny waste fluid spilled from a natural gas well site in northeastern Pennsylvania and into a miniature horse farm and farmhouse basement and garage.

Officials say a loose hose led to Tuesday's 9,000-gallon spill as the filtered waste fluid was being transferred from a truck to a storage tank at the Mazzara well site in Wyoming County's Washington Township.

The Department of Environmental Protection says a farmhand kept animals safely away at the horse farm.

The county emergency management agency says the company moved quickly to stop and clean up the spill, and the public was never endangered.

The spill was the second in fewer than two months at a Carrizo Oil and Gas well pad in the municipality.

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