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Federal Agency Cancels Water Delivery to Pennsylvania Town
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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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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: corruption; crushepa; democrats; epa; epadeliverswater; fakeproblem; fracking; govtabuse; liberalfascism; obama; pennslyvaniafracking; pennsylvania; pennsylvaniawells
Rural areas are always screwed over, yet the non-producers in the urban areas get subsidized housing, subsidized heating, subsidized school meals, subsidized transportation, even subsidized cell phones.

When are people going to wake the hell up to this administration?

1 posted on 01/07/2012 5:59:13 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA
-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.

2 posted on 01/07/2012 6:04:50 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Graybeard58

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.


3 posted on 01/07/2012 6:09:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

So....they all DIE for lack of water???

What’s the voting stats on this area??


4 posted on 01/07/2012 6:13:47 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: Brad's Gramma

probably heavily Republican.......red


5 posted on 01/07/2012 6:17:35 PM PST by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: Red in Blue PA

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


6 posted on 01/07/2012 6:18:11 PM PST by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: rednek

Is this the right county for this township?

http://www.susqco.com/subsites/gov/election/default.htm

If so...my suspicions may be correct.


7 posted on 01/07/2012 6:24:31 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: Red in Blue PA

I wonder which PA politician the Obama administration is sending a message too....


8 posted on 01/07/2012 6:26:07 PM PST by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


9 posted on 01/07/2012 6:30:39 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander
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.

10 posted on 01/07/2012 6:35:06 PM PST by null and void (Day 1082 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Red in Blue PA
Related thread:

A Pennsylvania Village Is Without Water After Fracking Allegedly Destroyed Its Wells

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.

11 posted on 01/07/2012 6:45:48 PM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: Graybeard58

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.


12 posted on 01/07/2012 6:51:55 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: rednek

Tom Marino (Rep) beat out Carney (Rat) in last election. Barletta(Rep) beat out Kujo(Rat) in adjoining district.


13 posted on 01/07/2012 7:05:46 PM PST by Renegade
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To: Red in Blue PA

Clearly, a whole town will have to change its vote leanings if they want some water.


14 posted on 01/07/2012 7:16:56 PM PST by C210N (Dems: "We must tax you so that we can buy your votes")
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To: South Hawthorne; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ..

ping


15 posted on 01/07/2012 7:38:24 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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?


16 posted on 01/07/2012 7:38:42 PM PST by BRK
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To: Red in Blue PA
Agency officials would not explain why they reneged on their promise

I don't know...could it be...they're not BLACK enough?

17 posted on 01/07/2012 7:52:53 PM PST by Nevermore (...just a typical cracker, clinging to my Constitutional rights...)
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To: Graybeard58

The EPA calls lots of things “pollution”...


18 posted on 01/07/2012 8:00:46 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: leapfrog0202

19 posted on 01/07/2012 8:04:19 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Obama needs as many campaign issues as he can get.


20 posted on 01/07/2012 8:06:23 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Red in Blue PA

....hmmmm...well...they’ll have one more chance this fall to pull the Obama lever...


21 posted on 01/07/2012 8:13:48 PM PST by mo
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To: Graybeard58

Why of course, any measurable amount of a contaminant means the water is unsafe!


22 posted on 01/07/2012 8:41:46 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: BRK

GAC? Great American Country? Governmental Advisory Committee? (Yeah, I know. Granulated activated charcoal.)


23 posted on 01/07/2012 8:45:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Nevermore

They’re not RAT enough.


24 posted on 01/07/2012 8:46:31 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

To us .NET developers, GAC means Global Assembly Cache.


25 posted on 01/07/2012 8:47:19 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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?


26 posted on 01/07/2012 8:55:18 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.
Anyone remember?


27 posted on 01/07/2012 9:03:19 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Red in Blue PA
“scrambling for water for bathing, washing dishes and flushing toilets. “.....The water is so polluted you can't flush a toilet with it? Either bad reporting, or somebody is exaggerating.
28 posted on 01/07/2012 9:20:55 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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The people are white, American and may vote against the Leader. Screw them. Perhaps, in the long run, a good thing. Real Americans are in this Administration's bulls-eye. It is best we know, understand and be active in removing this despicable crowd from office next November.
29 posted on 01/07/2012 9:24:36 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Red in Blue PA.


30 posted on 01/07/2012 9:32:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Mortrey
Oregon, klammath falls
31 posted on 01/07/2012 9:58:19 PM PST by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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To: 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.


32 posted on 01/07/2012 10:00:24 PM PST by Sea Parrot (Utopia Is The Opiate of Liberals)
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To: JerseyHighlander

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


33 posted on 01/07/2012 10:07:10 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


34 posted on 01/07/2012 10:17:56 PM PST by jpsb
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To: mpackard; Mortrey; Jeff Head
Oregon, klammath falls

I THINK these are two separate things, mpackard and Mortrey....

Jeff, can you help??

35 posted on 01/07/2012 10:55:57 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: Red in Blue PA
This may have something to do with their decision:

2008 Presidential Election Results - Susquehanna County, PA

Obama - 8,314
McCain - 10,551

36 posted on 01/08/2012 1:20:20 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: dennisw

Jackson is the protege of avowed marxist/socialist Carol Browner, one of her predecessors and advisor to Obama.

Nuff said?


37 posted on 01/08/2012 1:53:04 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

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


38 posted on 01/08/2012 5:46:26 AM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: Graybeard58

“-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.”

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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.


39 posted on 01/08/2012 6:06:50 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: Red in Blue PA
Meanwhile, an interesting tidbit from IEEE this past November.....

Stray Methane But Not Fracking Fluids Found in Water near Wells

40 posted on 01/08/2012 6:12:18 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: Red in Blue PA
They are starting to wake up, but it may be too late. This regime has introduced a cancer like entity in to the Republic and its going to take a lot of Chemo to get rid of it.
41 posted on 01/08/2012 6:40:48 AM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Why do these people depend on the Federal idiots in the first place?
42 posted on 01/08/2012 12:09:43 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

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.


43 posted on 01/08/2012 5:32:01 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Graybeard58
And it doesn't bother them in the least that they said two different things in the same sentence.

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.

44 posted on 01/09/2012 6:26:37 AM PST by Crichton
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