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Ohio families forced to flee out-of-control natural gas leak

Ohio families forced to flee out-of-control natural gas leak

‘It has been four days since about 25 families living in Eastern Ohio have been able to return to their homes after a fracking well started leaking natural gas. Oil and gas workers have been unable to control the leak that started on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Bethany McCorkle, said crews in Monroe County lost control of the well on Saturday. Evacuation of homes in a 3.0-mile radius of the well-site about, 160-miles east of Columbus, was ordered. People are allowed back in their homes during the day, but must not stay overnight.

Although the well is not on fire, there is a risk of explosion. “There’s still a steady stream of natural gas coming from the wellhead,” McCorkle said yesterday.’

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