More Data from Dimock: EPA Confirms Water is Safe (Again)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released additional data from Dimock, Pa. that indicate 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.