Ohio Well Ruptures Week Before Voters Decide Fracking Fate

A fracking well in Bloomingdale, Ohio ruptured early last week, forcing about 400 families to evacuate their homes until air tests around the well were completed. The well is run by a subsidiary of American Energy Partners, who brought in Halliburton-owned emergency team to shut down the well and prevent gas leaks. As of October 30, the majority of residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the “incident was the third in three days tied to fracking operations in eastern Ohio. On Sunday, a worker at a fracking site in Guernsey County was burned in a fire. On Monday, a pipeline carrying natural-gas condensate ruptured in Monroe County, igniting several acres of woods.”

On Tuesday, Ohio residents in Athens, Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown voted on anti-fracking ballot initiatives. Athens was the only locality that approved a ban.