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Water safe in Pennsylvania village

Some Dimock residents and anti-drilling teams claimed Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. polluted the native aquifer with methane and toxic chemicals. they need disputed earlier EPA findings that the water was safe.

PRLog - Jul. 26, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it's completed tests on drinking water within the northeastern Pennsylvania village of Dimock and has determined it's safe to drink, despite the claims of some residents who say it's been polluted by gas drilling.

The EPA said in an exceedingly statement that it doesn’t set up any tests, which there’s no have to be compelled to give residents with various provides of drinking water.

Dimock resident Ray Kemble didn’t settle for the EPA verdict.

“I don’t care what EPA says. The water remains polluted,” Kemble said. “Do one thing regarding it.”

The city became a spotlight within the discussion over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, when opponents of the drilling technique showed that some residents were ready to lightweight their faucet water on fireplace thanks to high levels of methane gas. however geologists say such contamination will happen naturally.

Some Dimock residents and anti-drilling teams claimed Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. polluted the native aquifer with methane and toxic chemicals. they need disputed earlier EPA findings that the water was safe.

State environmental regulators previously determined that Cabot contaminated the aquifer beneath homes along Carter Road in Dimock with explosive levels of methane. They later determined the corporate had met its obligations beneath a consent agreement and allowed Cabot to prevent delivering bulk and bottled water last fall.

Some had hoped the EPA would be ready to settle the dispute.

“Our goal was to supply the Dimock community with complete and reliable data regarding the presence of contaminants in their drinking water and to work out whether or not any action was warranted to safeguard public health,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.

But another Dimock resident said the EPA’s public statements are completely different from what it tells space householders in non-public.

“They counseled that we have a tendency to don’t drink or use the water, however told us they can’t go public with that,” said Scott Ely, who added that he plans to proceed with a lawsuit against Cabot.

Cabot said in an exceedingly statement that the tests ensure that the contaminants don’t create a threat to human health or the atmosphere, which its operations in Dimock “have led to important economic growth within the space, marked by a collaborative relationship with the local people. Cabot can still cooperate with federal, state and native officers in using the simplest and most correct science to deal with public considerations.”

Kathryn Klaber, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an business cluster, said the EPA findings mean “we’re currently ready to shut this chapter once and for all.”

Shale gas drilling has attracted national attention as a result of advances in technology have unlocked billions of bucks of gas reserves, resulting in a boom in production, jobs and profits, likewise as considerations regarding pollution and public health. Shale may be a gas-rich rock formation thousands of feet underground, and therefore the gas is freed through hydrofracking, within which giant volumes of water, and sand and chemicals, are injected to interrupt the rock apart.

The Marcellus Shale covers giant components of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia, and plenty of different shale deposits are discovered.


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