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EPA wants answers from Chesapeake

Pennsylvania drilling suspended

THE US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has demanded that Chesapeake Energy disclose information on its shale-gas operations and hydraulic fracturing (fracing) fluids after a well blew out last week. The EPA has given Chesapeake 15 days from receipt of the letter, dated 22 April, to provide a comprehensive list of fluids it uses in fracing, as well as details of where it sourced the chemicals. Chesapeake lost control of a shale-gas well in Pennsylvania just before midnight on Tuesday 19 April. The well bore blew out during fracing work, causing thousands of gallons of flowback fluids to escape into a tributary of the Susquehanna River. The company was able to contain much of the over

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