In Pennsylvania, it’s not question that fracking could boost the economy. Pennsylvania’s state economy of $13 billion last year could mean a significant increase to $20 billion in the state’s economy by 2020, according to industry-funded researchers from Pennsylvania State University.
Dimock, a community of about 1,368 with one blinking traffic light, is a small town in Pennsylvania and has caused a national debate over water safety in local communities and the local fracking operations. According to the Department of Labor, Dimock had a 7 percent unemployment rate in November compared to the nationwide rate of 8.7 percent.
Even with a boost in the economy, Dimock residences are left confused. At first, the EPA said that the drinking water was safe. Then, the EPA turned around said that water wasn’t safe, finding methane in the ground water and ordering the residence not to drink the local water. Now, the EPA hasn’t decided whether or not to provide safe drinking water to the Dimock residence.
What does this mean for residence of Dimock?
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp, the fracking company located in Dimock, doesn’t admit blame for the methane in the water, but is provide safe drinking water for Dimock families, installing water filters, and paying each affected family twice the value of their home.
What does this mean for Pennsylvania Fracking?
According to company spokesman, George Stark, the sampling of data indicates that the water is safe. The company put aside $4.1 million to for pay claims made by Dimock residence; 1.9 million claims have been made so far.
The EPA has already begun efforts to increase regulations to force disclosure of chemicals used in the fracking process, to regulate air pollution from drilling, and to provide a standard water treatment process for fracking facilities.