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400 Homes Evacuated After Fracking Accident In Jefferson County

400 homes in Jefferson County were evacuated after a nearby fracking operation sprung a leak and began shooting invisible gaseous discharge into the air. 

 The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says there was no fire, explosion or spillage related to the uncontrolled release about 6 p.m. Tuesday at a well pad in Jefferson County, about four miles south of Wintersville.  Spokesperson Bethany McCorkle said the well operator had a safety plan in place that was executed "almost flawlessly," and no environmental impact resulted from what's sometimes called a blowout.  Houses within a 2-mile radius were evacuated by the local fire department. McCorkle said residents were back in their homes by midnight.  The well will remain closed as the incident is reviewed.

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