Dimock Lawyers Admit Frack Fluid Didn’t Contaminate Well Water

court-gavel.jpgYesterday saw opening arguments in the case of two Dimock, PA families who are suing Cabot Oil & Gas with a claim that Cabot’s drilling “contaminated” their well water supplies (see Dimock Trial Starts Today – 2 Families Try to Shake Down Cabot). MDN friend and top film documentary maker Phelim McAleer–creator of the excellent FrackNation documentary–noticed a very important admission by the attorneys for the plaintiffs. In their opening arguments, the attorneys for the landowners admit that there is “no scientific proof” that fracking fluid ever reached or contaminated the plaintiffs’ water wells. We’ve known that and have trumpeted that for years. This case has always been about methane (natural gas itself) “migrating” through the ground into the water wells as a result of Cabot’s drilling program. That’s what is at issue: Did Cabot’s drilling cause methane migration? But the general public, because of propaganda films like Gasland and Gasland II, believe fracking chemicals had somehow seeped into the water wells in Dimock. Not true–and now it’s on the record for all, including Josh Fox, to see. The stunning admission by the landowners’ own lawyers that fracking fluid did not contaminate the wells in Dimock totally refutes false claims by Fox and Hollywood stars like Mark Ruffalo who have tried to use Dimock as a rallying cry…

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