- Posted May 9, 2012 by
Dallas Township, Pennsylvania
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Drilling Mud Blowout from Gas Pipeline Installation
Chief Gathering LLC, which was recently bought out by PVR Partners, is in the process of laying a natural gas pipeline from wells in Susquehanna County to connect to the Transco interstate pipeline in Dallas.
The mud release occurred on May 2 as contractors were boring about 30 feet beneath Leonards Creek on Kunkle-Alderson Road in preparation for installing the pipeline, according to information provided by the state to Dallas Township officials.
About 200 gallons of water containing a small amount of bentonite blew out of the hole, according to the officials. Bentonite is an absorbent clay often used in products such as cement and kitty litter, and it is frequently used in industrial drilling to lubricate drill bits and stabilize holes.