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Forum Post: Federal agency cancels water delivery to Pa. town

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 7, 2012, 8:33 p.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency abruptly changed its mind Saturday about delivering fresh water to residents of a northeastern Pennsylvania village where residential wells were found to be tainted by a natural gas drilling operation.

Only 24 hours after promising them water, EPA officials informed residents of Dimock that a tanker truck wouldn't be coming after all. The about-face left residents furious, confused and let down - and, once again, scrambling for water for bathing, washing dishes and flushing toilets.

Agency officials would not explain why they reneged on their promise, or say whether water would be delivered at some point.

"We are actively filling information gaps and determining next steps in Dimock. We have made no decision at this time to provide water," EPA spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantara said in an email to The Associated Press. READ MORE HERE: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/07/2578764/federal-agency-cancels-water-delivery.html


I would really like to understand why they cancelled.

Here is another article that says that says there was an apology for the mix up. http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/gas-drilling/no-water-deliveries-from-epa-families-say-1.1254673#axzz1ipMAvm54

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[-] 1 points by ChristopherABrown (550) from Santa Barbara, CA 2 years ago

Article 5 convention NOW!

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (4648) 2 years ago

After all the corporate welfare, it is sad that our government can't deliver a little water to people who really need it.

[-] 1 points by sallyh (10) 2 years ago

In the usa its always the same story- profit over people- enough is enough. rebel against corporate crime- supported by the government.

[-] 1 points by rickMoss (435) 2 years ago

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[-] 0 points by gosso920 (-24) 2 years ago

No blood for water!

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

I guess the clever move would be to wait until all the stores sold out of bottled water.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I would hope that isn't the motive.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

What would your hope be?

If this is an EPA issue, the miners would be contesting it in court.

If this turns out to be an emergency supply issue, then the EPA is probably passing the buck to another agency, maybe FEMA ??

If one tanker load of water would have solved the problem, there must be very few people at risk here. Not that a head count should be anything to go on for helping those at risk.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

This is from the second link that I edited in.

Resident Julie Sautner said her family was offered no explanation for why the water deliveries promised on Friday would not take place. A neighbor, Wendy Seymour, said an EPA official called her to apologize for the confusion over the deliveries and explained the agency is still evaluating what steps it will take next in its investigation of Dimock water supplies.

"She said she hopes to have an answer shortly once they have all the data they need," Mrs. Seymour said. "Maybe it's hopeful."

Efforts to reach several EPA officials were unsuccessful Saturday. In a statement Friday, an EPA spokeswoman said the agency had made no decision to provide alternate sources of water, despite phone calls at least four families said they received Friday from EPA officials arranging the deliveries.

The EPA has reopened its review of Dimock water supplies in the last two weeks after declaring in early December that its initial review of outside water tests showed the water posed no immediate health risk.

State officials have found that Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. allowed methane to seep from faulty Marcellus Shale natural gas wells into 18 Dimock water supplies - a contention Cabot denies. Recent tests of the residents' water wells have revealed other contaminants, including metals, surfactants, glycols and solvents.

After years of delivering replacement bulk and bottled water to the residents, Cabot received state approval to stop the deliveries on Dec. 1.

Contact the writer: llegere@timesshamrock.com

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/gas-drilling/no-water-deliveries-from-epa-families-say-1.1254673#ixzz1ipVlwhTt

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[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (28259) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

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[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

WTF?

ah, this has been going on for a while now?

After years of delivering replacement bulk and bottled water to the residents, Cabot received state approval to stop the deliveries on Dec. 1.

Probably they counted how much money might be at stake and decided it wasn't economically feasible.

They should get Cabot to continue deliveries.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I agree. However, they left people high and dry on this one.

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 2 years ago

That is a huge pr nightmare - not to mention the folks need water.

like I said

WTF