Skip to comments.Federal Agency Cancels Water Delivery to Pennsylvania Town
Posted on 01/07/2012 5:59:10 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
ALLENTOWN, Pa. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency abruptly changed its mind Saturday about delivering fresh water to residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential wells were found to be tainted by a natural gas drilling operation.
Only 24 hours after promising them water, EPA officials informed residents of Dimock that a tanker truck wouldn't be coming after all -- an about-face that left them furious, confused and let down -- and, once again, scrambling for water for bathing, washing dishes and flushing toilets.
Agency officials would not explain why they reneged on their promise, or say whether water would be delivered at some point.
"We are actively filling information gaps and determining next steps in Dimock. We have made no decision at this time to provide water," EPA spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantara said in an email to The Associated Press.
It's not clear how many wells in the rural community of Dimock Township were affected by the drilling. The state has found that at least 18 residential water wells were polluted. Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., which was banned in 2010 from drilling in a 9-square-mile area around the village, maintains that it is not responsible for the pollution and that the water is safe.
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When are people going to wake the hell up to this administration?
And it doesn't bother them in the least that they said two different things in the same sentence.
In a world where spilled milk is treated the same as oil by the EPA its a little hard to know what anyone is thinking.
So....they all DIE for lack of water???
What’s the voting stats on this area??
probably heavily Republican.......red
Seems the WH needs a PA based controversy to remind New Hampshire voters what an evil bastage Santorum is...after all he supports shale gas exploration in PA. /s
Is this the right county for this township?
If so...my suspicions may be correct.
I wonder which PA politician the Obama administration is sending a message too....
It’s pretty simple, Lisa P. Jackson is a sociopathic racist, and she controls the entire tone of the EPA.
Races in Dimock township:
White Non-Hispanic: 98.6%
2011 Muni elections had low turnout:
0008 DIMOCK TWP - 008 846 registered. 322 ballots cast. 38.06% turnout.
The town votes Lean Republican, and in total there has only been a single $250 political donation to a Federal election campaign in the last 18 years.
They don’t exist except as a source for wealth extraction through fines and taxation.
And now they will be sieged out of house and home.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) Residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania village where a natural gas driller has been accused of tainting water wells with methane and possibly hazardous chemicals say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is promising to deliver fresh water.
Homeowners in Dimock Township have been without a reliable supply of clean water since Houston-based driller Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. stopped making daily deliveries more than a month ago.
Three Dimock residents say the EPA told them Friday it's hiring a private contractor to deliver water to their homes about 20 miles south of the New York state line. The EPA says no decision has been made.
I did not put that hole in your pot. Number one, when I borrowed the pot from you it already had a hole in it, number two, when I returned it there was no hole in it, and number three, I never borrowed that pot from you at all.
Tom Marino (Rep) beat out Carney (Rat) in last election. Barletta(Rep) beat out Kujo(Rat) in adjoining district.
Clearly, a whole town will have to change its vote leanings if they want some water.
Sounds like a opportunity for the POU (Point of Use) water treatment folks out there. I don’t think there is anything in that water that can’t be simply treated, perhaps with ozone followed up by GAC. Why sit around and wait for the EPA to save you and then whine helplessly when they don’t? Can you imagine how expensive trucks of EPA water will be by the time it finds it’s way through Government contracting procedures?
I don't know...could it be...they're not BLACK enough?
The EPA calls lots of things “pollution”...
Obama needs as many campaign issues as he can get.
....hmmmm...well...they’ll have one more chance this fall to pull the Obama lever...
Why of course, any measurable amount of a contaminant means the water is unsafe!
GAC? Great American Country? Governmental Advisory Committee? (Yeah, I know. Granulated activated charcoal.)
They’re not RAT enough.
To us .NET developers, GAC means Global Assembly Cache.
The question is, is the water really unsafe, or only deemed so by the EPA based on made up facts. Did they lie about the quality of the water?
Reminds me of the California water seizure that went on...can’t think of the county...where Sean Hannity did some reporting from.
They held water from the farmers out there. Ruined farm land—so that Pelosi and her ilk could snatch the land up for a song.
Thanks Red in Blue PA.
Oh hell, will bet there has been naturally occurring methane in the water all along.
I remember in Wyoming where lived several decades ago methane (NG) was in the water, run a sink full of it and could light the fumes off. We had little to none, but a neigbor 1/4 mile away has it bad and there was no drilling or fracking going on anywhere around the area. It had just always been that way.
Lisa P. Jackson is a sociopathic racist>>>>>>
Like Eric Holder, just another racist tool of Obama’s. Her mission is to destroy the productive sectors of our economy which curiously enough are white dominated, such as gas/oil/coal production and electricity generation. Now she is trying to put independent truckers (95% white guys) out of business with absurd new requirements for their big rigs
here in Texas it is not at all uncommon to have methane in a water well, drill a little deeper or get used to the smell. It is at all possible that someone is looking to make a little money suing the evil gas/oil company? Not enough facts in the article to determine just what is going on.
I THINK these are two separate things, mpackard and Mortrey....
Jeff, can you help??
2008 Presidential Election Results - Susquehanna County, PA
Obama - 8,314
McCain - 10,551
Jackson is the protege of avowed marxist/socialist Carol Browner, one of her predecessors and advisor to Obama.
EPA head Lia Jackson has never or rarely worked in the private sector where companies have to make profits. She is a creature of university jobs and Gov’t jobs. One of our new Obama style racist commissars who stomp all over productive private sector Americans
I think even under Mitt Romney we’ll get a lot more appointees in all agencies who have labored in the real world and are not just denizens of universities and Gov’t
“-maintains that it is not responsible for the pollution and that the water is safe.
And it doesn’t bother them in the least that they said two different things in the same sentence.”
We should all remember that the whole source here is an AP story and we know how “honest” and “objective” their “reporting” is. Don’t fall for their trick of paraphrasing what folks have said in a manner meant totally to lead the readers to think that something was said which was not said.
This whole thing smells strongly of our wonderful EPA working in conjunction with the AP and an “environmental” group to advance an agenda. Expect to see further AP reporting on this environmental group’s noble efforts to deliver water to help poor victims of the evil natural gas industry.
Remember what the primary reason was for the EPA to sue the fracking companies to disclose their fracking components ... as soon as they found out they could miraculously find those chemicals in the wells. Before that, they had to use the hit and miss method to try to blame the frackers. Now that many of the frackers use bio-degradable components, the EPA and enviro-freaks are trying the earthquake ruse.
All water has some 'pollutants' in it. There is a safe threshold depending on the pollutant. Therefore the company's statement to the effect:
* We didn't pollute the water
* While the water has pollutants (naturally or from some other source), the levels are safe
could be perfectly consistent.