Oil & Gas Drilling Corp. stops Clean water to Pennsylvania town????????????

Pennsylvania environmental regulators said Wednesday they have given permission to a natural-gas driller to stop delivering replacement water to residents whose drinking water wells were tainted with methane.

Residents expressed outrage and threatened to take the matter to court.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has been delivering water to homes in the northeast village of Dimock since January of 2009. The Houston-based energy company asked the Department of Environmental Protection for approval to stop the water deliveries by the end of November, saying Dimock’s water is safe to drink.

Residents who are suing Cabot in federal court say their water is still tainted with unsafe levels of methane and possibly other contaminants from the drilling process.

Bill Ely, 60, said the water coming out of his well looks like milk.

"You put your hand down a couple of inches and you can’t see your hand, that’s how much gas there is in it. And they’re telling me it was that way all my life," said Ely, who has lived in the family homestead for nearly 50 years and said his well water was crystal clear until Cabot’s arrival three years ago.

Regulators previously found that Cabot drilled faulty gas wells that allowed methane to escape into Dimock’s aquifer.

The December 2010 agreement between DEP and Cabot required the company to offer residential treatment systems that remove methane from the residents’ water, and to pay them twice the assessed tax value of their homes.

The company denied responsibility, but has been banned from drilling in a 9-square-mile area of Dimock since April of 2010.

Why would Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. pay 2x the assessed value to property owners AND install filtration systems AND deliver water, unless they KNEW they were at fault? Big companies NEVER do things like this unless they are trying to mitigate even bigger liability!

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3 Responses to “Oil & Gas Drilling Corp. stops Clean water to Pennsylvania town????????????”

  1. Cali Livin Says:

    Anything for money

  2. ? Says:

    Yes, of course. Money is the name of the game.

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