Driller Can Resume Fracking

Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 06:08 PM gHale


Fracking can now start back up in a Pennsylvania town where village residents say their well water is polluted.

The Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. met its obligations under a 2010 consent agreement and can now frack seven previously drilled wells in Dimock Township.

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Dimock residents say Cabot polluted their water supply with methane gas and toxic chemicals.

State regulators had previously blamed Cabot for elevated levels of methane in the aquifer and banned it from drilling and fracking in a 9-square-mile area.

The DEP hasn’t cleared Cabot to resume drilling any new wells in the area but said it can begin producing gas from the seven existing wells.



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