Gas explosions from fracking

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A 2014 U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigation found 26 explosions and fires since 1983 at conventional oil and gas sites. The explosions killed 44 members of the public and injured 25 others.[1]

Hutchinson, Kansas

On January 17, 2001, an appliance store and two other buildings ignited and an explosion shattered windows for blocks. Three miles away, there was a 30-foot-tall "geyser of gas." Elsewhere, the ground sprayed brown briny water. The following morning, a new plume of gas and water went through the floor of mobile home, killing two people. Geologists determined that the eruptions were produced from an underground gas storage field located seven miles away.[2]


  1. "The drilling industry's explosion problem," Mike Soraghan, EnergyWire, October 20, 2014.
  2. "An Unseen Leak, Then Boom," ProPublica, June 21, 2012.


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