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Drilling fluid gushed from gas well

ALLENTOWN | A natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of seven families who live nearby as crews struggled to stop the gusher.

Chesapeake Energy Corp. lost control of the Marcellus Shale well site near Canton, in Bradford County, at about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. Tainted water continued to flow from the site Wednesday afternoon, contaminating a nearby stream.

No injuries were reported, and there was no explosion or fire.

From wire dispatches and staff reports