Dimock, Pa is still divided over fracking despite the recent settlement agreement with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. Allegations regarding drinking water safety and fracking, a method of extracting natural gas, were put to rest following EPA investigation. Some Dimock Pa. residents still blame the polluted water on Fracking. The town stays dived. Residents who support Dimock fracking development think their neighbors are looking for a “quick payday” from drilling royalties or a legal settlement.
“It’s really made some bitter enemies,” said James C. Grimsley, 70, a retired New York City Plumber. Grimsley has a sign in his yard showing his support.
The sign says, “Drill baby drill.”
Another resident, Raymond D. Kemble says, “you got neighbors against neighbors, towns against towns.” Kemble is local a mechanic and one of the residents who sued the Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
Kemble has over three-dozen anti-fracking signs up in his yard. Kemble refused to sign a settlement with Cabot, even though most litigants have come to terms with the gas driller.
Why did the EPA investigation not link fracking to groundwater contamination?
Groundwater is located a few hundred feet beneath the ground, while fracking takes place 7,000+ feet underground. Fracking regulations force drilling to be a safe distance away from fresh water wells. Water contamination can only occur if fracking waste is not properly stored.
After the EPA studied Dimock and the surrounding area, they found that water contamination was not caused by there nearby drilling company. Since the 1940s, companies have been using methods of fracking to release oil and gas from the ground. In that time, there is no evidence that links fracking to groundwater contamination.