- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A leak at a natural-gas fracking well that had kept 25 families from their eastern Ohio homes for days has been brought under control.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says crews regained surface control of the Monroe County well around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Department spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said a new wellhead is installed and is being pressure tested.

The department plans to investigate what caused the well to begin leaking uncontrollably Dec. 13, prompting the evacuation of field staff and residents within a 1.5-mile radius. The well is located near the Ohio River, about 160 miles east of Columbus.

McCorkle said the state will ensure the mechanical integrity of the well before its operator, Triad Hunter, a subsidiary of Houston-based Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., may proceed with operations.

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