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Sheffield Nelson asks Arkansas to ‘halt’ hydraulic fracturing

By Michael Hibblen


Former gas company executive Sheffield Nelson is calling on the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission to halt all hydraulic fracturing of wells near lakes, rivers and streams after the blowout of a Chesapeake Energy well in Pennsylvania.

The accident spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water into a stream, prompting the company to suspend all hydraulic fracturing there until it determines the cause.

Nelson said at a Friday afternoon news conference that a similar blowout could easily happen in Arkansas causing an environmental disaster.

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