Dimock Water Safe from Fracking Contaminants, Says EPA


The drinking water in Dimock, Pennsylvania has been found to be safe, according to the EPA. This latest finding indicates that fracking is not the source of the contaminants in the area’s well water.

Dimock residents complained that their well water tasted odd after Cabot Oil and Gas began fracking in their area. The residents asked the EPA to test for contaminants. The EPA tested and found chemicals in the water, but after some industry fuss, the EPA retested and found the chemicals were all below safe levels for human consumption.

Now they’ve released the results from another round of testing sixty-one homes. Once again, they’ve found chemicals in the drinking water, but not enough to give the EPA reason to take further action. The chemicals are considered to have natural origins.

The data samples are online at the EPA’s Pennsylvania site. The pdf file is fairly large, so I’ve linked to the home page. Scroll down a bit on that page for the link to the file.

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Author: Heather Carr

  1. EPA constructed two deep monitoring wells to sample water in the aquifer. The draft report indicates that ground water in the aquifer contains compounds likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing. EPA also re-tested private and public drinking water wells in the community. The samples were consistent with chemicals identified in earlier EPA results released in 2010 and are generally below established health and safety standards. To ensure a transparent and rigorous analysis, EPA is releasing these findings for public comment and will submit them to an independent scientific review panel. The draft findings announced today are specific to Pavillion, where the fracturing is taking place in and below the drinking water aquifer and in close proximity to drinking water wells – production conditions different from those in many other areas of the country.

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