Natural gas, drilling fluids spew from out-of-control Pa. well for 16 hours

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas and drilling fluids escaped for hours from an out-of-control well in a remote area of Pennsylvania, but the company says the flow is now under control.

Elizabeth Ivers, a spokeswoman for driller EOG Resources, said the well was brought under control just after noon Friday, about 16 hours after it started spewing gas.

State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Dan Spadoni says no one was injured and that there are no homes within a mile of the well, which is about 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. He says polluted drilling water hasn't reached a waterway.

Spadoni says unexpectedly high gas pressure in the new well prevented crews from containing it.

An expert on such wells says that gas well blowouts are very rare.