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Dimock’s Fracked Water – EPA Steps In

EPA Emergency Response van in Dimock, PA, January 2012. Photo: Lynn Senick, Susquehanna County Gas forum

The small township of Dimock in Susquehanna County has been at the center of the national controversy over drinking water contamination by fracking operations for some time. For three years the drilling company Cabot Oil and Gas delivered water to Dimock residents until last November when the DEP allowed Cabot to stop those deliveries. Filing the gap, environmental groups began water delivery to Dimock. But after some uncertainty, and a rebuke from DEP Secretary Krancer, on January 20 the EPA began providing drinking water to four homes, and to undertake water quality tests at about 60 homes. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Cabot CEO Dan Dinges wrote “We are concerned that EPA’s actions can be easily misinterpreted and can undermine regulatory certainty necessary for development of oil and gas.”

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