January 20, 2012 |
Federal regulators said Thursday that they would deliver drinking water to four households near natural gas wells in the embattled town of Dimock, casting doubt on Pennsylvania's decision to allow a Marcellus Shale operator to halt deliveries in December. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also said it would conduct its own water sampling at 61 homes in the rural Susquehanna County township "to further assess whether any residents are being exposed to hazardous substances that cause health concerns.
December 1, 2011 |
Families in a northeastern Pennsylvania village with tainted water wells will have to procure their own water for the first time in nearly three years as a natural gas driller blamed for polluting the aquifer moves ahead with its plan to stop paying for daily deliveries. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. ended delivery of bulk and bottled water to 11 families in Dimock on Wednesday. Cabot asserts Dimock's water is safe to drink and won permission from state environmental regulators last month to stop paying for water for the residents.
March 15, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said that well-water tests of 11 homes in Dimock, Pa., near Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling "did not show levels of contamination that could present a health concern. " The samples included three of four households that are receiving drinking water deliveries from the federal government. EPA said it will reevaluate the need to provide water after an additional round of testing. "We are pleased that data released by EPA today on sampling of water in Dimock confirmed earlier findings that Dimock drinking water meets all regulatory standards," said George Stark, spokesman for Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., whose drilling activity has been blamed for well-water contamination.
November 4, 2011 |
SCRANTON - A law firm is demanding that state environmental regulators reverse their decision to allow a natural-gas driller to stop delivering replacement water to residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania town whose drinking water wells were contaminated. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has been delivering water to homes in the northeast village of Dimock since January 2009. The Houston-based energy company says Dimock's water is safe to drink and won regulatory permission last month to stop the water deliveries by the end of November.
January 13, 2012 |
Several dozen demonstrators gathered outside the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia this morning to urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deliver clean water to residents of Dimock in Susquehanna County. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was attending an unrelated event inside. Dimock residents Craig and Julie Sautner said they have been unable to use their well water for more than three years, saying it was contaminated as a result of natural gas drilling nearby.
December 13, 2009 |
When Norma Fiorentino's relatives used to visit her house, they often filled a few jugs of clean country water from her well before returning to town. "We had the best water here," said Fiorentino, 67. That was before Marcellus Shale gas drilling came to Dimock. At first, Fiorentino said her water got a little cloudy. Then her well blew up on New Year's Day. The blast shattered the well's heavy concrete cover and scattered it on her front yard. "We don't drink the water anymore," she said.
May 13, 2012 |
IN THE REGION N.J. bank deregisters stock Cornerstone Financial Corp., Mount Laurel, said it would deregister its stock under the JOBS Act, which President Obama signed last month. The new law boosted the threshold above which banks must register their shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission, to 1,200 shareholders from 300 shareholders. Cornerstone said it has 410 shareholders. The bank, which had deposits of $342 million on March 31, estimated cost savings from the deregistration of $150,000 to $175,000 a year.
January 13, 2012 |
Jobs, jobs, jobs. A green economy can bring them on. That was one focus of a sustainability forum Friday led by Mayor Nutter, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira. Nutter cited the replacement of 85,000 incandescent traffic signals with LEDs in the last year. Besides saving the city $1 million a year on energy costs, "someone had to make them, and someone had to install them. . . . It is about putting people to work.