Sunday, January 8, 2012

Federal Agency Cancels Water Delivery to Pa. Town

ABC:  "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. The about-face left residents 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.

Eleven families who sued Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. expected water from the EPA to arrive either Friday or Saturday. They say they have been without a reliable source of water since Cabot won permission from state environmental regulators to halt deliveries more than a month ago.

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4 comments:

water delivery company said...

Hope they restored the water supply, any updates about the this?

Michelle said...

I found that there *were* 4 families in Cabot who continued to receive water deliveries since January but in July, EPA tests deemed the water "safe" and ordered the water deliveries halted (see http://tinyurl.com/chjmakt ).

See also http://tinyurl.com/94ceuzu "After the EPA investigated claims and tested, and retested, water samples, the agency announced on July 25 that it would cease deliveries to residents currently receiving water because the agency 'determined that it is no longer necessary to provide residents with alternative water.'"

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