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.
March 12, 2016 |
Two Dimock, Pa., families who declined a Marcellus Shale gas driller's offer in 2012 to settle their claims of water contamination were awarded $4.24 million Thursday by a federal jury. The verdict in U.S. District Court in Scranton was a blow to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., which had maintained that its drilling was not responsible for the elevated level of methane in the families' water wells. The eight-member jury found that Cabot's drilling was negligent and created a nuisance for the families of Scott Ely and Monica Marta-Ely and Ray and Victoria Hubert.
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.
March 11, 2016 |
Two couples from Dimock, Pa., the town featured in the Emmy-winning 2010 anti-fracking documentary " Gasland ," were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found Cabot Oil & Gas, one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, was responsible for the contamination of their well water. The verdict capped a six-year odyssey that turned sleepy, little Dimock into a battleground over the nation's shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing boom. The verdict in Scranton came at the end of a bitter lawsuit pitting homeowners in Dimock against Houston-based Cabot.
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.