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More Data from Dimock: EPA Confirms Water is Safe (Again)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released additional data from Dimock, Pennsylvania that indicates the water in this rural town does not pose a threat to residents’ health. The testing confirms two earlier statements made by the agency: The first made in reviewing previous DEP and Cabot water testing data and the second after releasing results on 11 wells sampled by the agency itself. All EPA test results released to date can be found here.

According to EPA spokesperson Roy Seneca:

“This set of sam­pling did not show lev­els of con­t­a­m­i­nants that would give EPA rea­son to take imme­di­ate action. EPA remains com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing Dimock res­i­dents with the best avail­able data and infor­ma­tion on the qual­ity of drink­ing water as expe­di­tiously as possible.”

“It’s obviously very good news for the folks who actually live there, and pretty squarely in line with what we’ve known up there for a while now,” EID told POLITICO earlier today (subs. req’d). “It’s not very good news for the out-of-state folks who have sought to use Dimock as a talking point in their efforts to prevent development elsewhere, but I’m sure they’ll be working hard over the weekend to spin it differently, notwithstanding the pretty clear statement made by EPA today.”

George Stark, spokesperson for Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation, released the following statement:

Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency released the second set of water samples compiled at private drinking water wells in Dimock Pa. This data confirms the earlier EPA finding that levels of contaminants found do not possess a threat to human health and the environment.  The EPA data is consistent with literally thousands of pages of water quality data accumulated by state and local authorities and by Cabot.

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