DEP: Cabot Allowed to Frack in Dimock
DIMOCK — If you take a drive through Dimock Township in Susquehanna County, you can’t miss it.
Signs on Ray Kemble’s property that read, “Make Cabot pay,” and “don’t frack with our water.”
Even a billboard that says “would you drink this PA gas-filled water?”
The message is loud and clear.
“Get the frack out out of town,” said Ray Kemble of Dimock.
Kemble said shortly after Cabot began fracking on his land, his water turned brown. He claims it was contaminated with unhealthy levels of lithium.
Now he has to bring in gallons of water to do simple everyday things like shower, make coffee and brush his teeth.
He said Cabot has ruined his life.
“It’s going to be the water, the air pollution, it’s going to be the water pollution, the road traffic, the damage to the roads again. When they’re done raping the land, raping everyone around here, they will pick up all their little toys and their employees and ago back where they came from and they’ll leave the toxic dump here,” said Kemble.
But Cabot Oil and Gas insists most of the Dimock community has welcomed the natural gas industry, and DEP recently gave Cabot the authorization to resume hydraulic fracturing on seven previously drilled wells in the Dimock area.
The wells were shut down for quite some time due to concerns of water contamination.
DEP said Cabot has followed regulations, and has agreed to continue providing well water samples, ensuring the water is safe.
While many neighbors said they are against fracking, others said there’s nothing you can do to stop them.
“There’s a lot of activity and it’s going to be busy again, so we can’t stop them, DEP let them back in,” says Scott Ely of Dimock.
While Cabot is again allowed to resume fracking in the wells, the company is still not allowed to drill any new ones.