This happened in Dimock, PA.
The state Department of Environmental Protection is holding Cabot Oil & Gas accountable for allowing natural gas from lower formations to contaminate fresh water supplies, according to a “Notice of Violation” sent to Cabot dated Feb. 27.
While tapping gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, the company has violated the state’s Oil and Gas Act and Clean Stream Laws, the notice states. Both of those regulations protect drinking water supplies from natural gas hazards.
Gas from Cabot drilling operations has migrated into an aquifer providing water for local residents, the DEP has determined. More than a dozen wells proving water to homes along and near Carter Road have been affected. Four have been taken offline and others have been vented.
Additionally, Cabot failed to provide the DEP with timely records of drilling on two dozen wells in the area, according to the notice, signed by S. Craig Lobins, regional manager for the DEP’s Office of Oil and Gas Management.
Here’s a juicy morsel:
The DEP is also testing groundwater for a broader range of chemicals, including those used to fracture bedrock to release gas in the Marcellus. Advocates say too little is known about the process, called hydro-fracturing, or the chemicals involved