By Rich Bindell
A group of citizens with a little celebrity power from New York State are doing something that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation failed to do: they will provide eleven families of Dimock, PA, with clean drinking water. The group is responding to a situation that has left these residents without access to clean water after their normal supply was contaminated with toxic chemicals, gas and radioactive material—all associated with fracking. Celebrities and advocates are saving the day. Welcome to Frackville.
After the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) attributed responsibility for the contamination to Cabot, the agency demanded that the gas company provide deliveries of water to those affected. This has been the arrangement for the past three years. Unfortunately, as of November 30, Cabot is no longer required provide water to Dimock residents, after they struck a sneaky deal with PA DEP.
So, what are Dimock families supposed to do if a gas company pollutes their drinking water and then they are abandoned by the state, including the very department that’s supposed to be “protecting” the environment? Read the full article…