The press release was embargoed until midnight so I stayed up to post it last night.
Residents Take Action to Correct Conduct by Natural Gas Company in Dimock, PA
DIMOCK, PA – Fifteen families living on Carter Road in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania, located in Susquehanna County in the northeast region of the State, plan to announce on Friday, November 20, 2009, the filing of a civil lawsuit in Federal Court in an effort to require a major gas and oil drilling company to repair the damage that has occurred to themselves, their homes and properties as a consequence of drilling for natural gas.
News conference. Ref: Hurdle, Reuters, Lustgarten, ProPublica.
Seated, several residents of the Carter Rd. area of Dimock, PA. At the extreme edges can be seen on residence and about 125 feet away a drilling pad.
Here’s the media coverage from today:
Pennsylvania residents sue over gas drilling
Pa. Residents Sue Gas Driller for Contamination, Health Concerns
“We’ve been lied to, we’ve been pushed around, and enough is enough,” said Julie Sautner, whose drinking water began showing high levels of methane, iron and aluminum in February and who is receiving fresh water deliveries from Cabot. “We need to push back.”
Pa. Residents Sue Gas Driller Over Polluted Wells
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Pat Farnelli says
Thanks for posting this in such a timely manner. This site has been fracked and purged, and is being dismantled so that the tanks can be used elsewhere in Dimock. Gas well activity is booming here in spite of the damages and consequences to the land owners and residents. I am proud that our neighbors joined together and stood up for themselves with a federal lawsuit. We have not entered into this lightly. There are two wells on this site, a vertical, Gesford 2, and a horizontal, Gesford 7H. My house is on the other side of those Baker tanks. On the opposite side of my home are Gesford 3, 3A, and 9H. I have five wells within 1,000 feet of my home. There are other wells on the other two sides, so we are completely surrounded, with no gas wells on our property, but plenty close enough to cause damage. The pipeline runs across our property. People who haven't leased, you can have all of this going on around you without it actually being on your property. And as Cabot told us, they can extract the gas from under your land whether you sign a lease or not.
I'm so sorry for all your troubles but this move to say enough is courageous and gives us all hope.
Pat: I saw the picture of the water sample. It looks more like used motor oil. Good luck in your fight.