Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency of water in Dimock, Pennsylvania, found elevated levels of methane consistent with leakage from gas drilling nearby, according to scientists who reviewed the data.
When the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that tests showed the water is safe to drink in Dimock, Penn., a national hot spot for concerns about fracking, it seemed to vindicate the energy industry’s insistence that drilling had not caused pollution in the area.
A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
Environmental groups say the EPA jumped the gun by releasing only a handful of Dimock water results before all households’ tests were complete. The Sierra Club issued a statement Thursday night declaring their support for the residents along Carter road who say Cabot Oil and Gas caused their water wells to run foul.
During an investigation into water contamination linked to fracking, with only partial results from less than 20% of households involved, EPA's Region 3 office issued a press release implying that Dimock, PA's water is safe to drink.
Advocates trying to keep the natural-gas drilling industry out of New York took clean water Tuesday to a northeastern Pennsylvania village where about a dozen households have been scrambling after a gas driller blamed for polluting the aquifer halted daily water deliveries.
Actor Mark Ruffalo and film director Josh Fox denounced a controversial form of gas drilling this morning at New York's City Hall, where they collected water to bring to 11 Pennsylvania families whose tap water is flammable.
Their well water has been contaminated since 2008, when the Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. leased their land to use for hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking.