Feds Make a Visit to Dimock PA Families Last Week
The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry visited some of the families in Dimock, PA affected by methane migration last Thursday. The were particularly interested in getting copies of water sample results from entities other than the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or Cabot Oil & Gas.
Officials from federal environmental and public health agencies met with residents of Dimock Twp. late last week to discuss the impacts of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and to gather water-test results from families affected by methane migration.
Three representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry visited Thursday with families around Carter Road, an area of Susquehanna County where state regulators have linked increased methane in water supplies to faulty natural gas wells.
"They are looking to see if there is any environmental impact that would threaten life or health," Dimock resident Scott Ely said.
Dimock resident Victoria Switzer said the agencies were interested in copies of water-sample results from her well, including data gathered by scientists not affiliated with the state or drilling contractors.*
*The Scranton Times Tribune (Nov 14, 2011) – Federal environmental and health agencies collect data from Dimock families