Distortion #3: The Feds clear up accusations of contaminated well water in Dimock, PA
The Perp’s Speculation
The water in Dimock first became the focus of international attention after residents there alleged in 2009 that natural gas drilling had led to widespread contamination. State officials suggested that inadequate well construction techniques allowed methane to seep into several Dimock water wells.
EPA began its own sampling of 60 homes water wells in January 2012 and agreed to provide alternative drinking water, if needed.
The Facts Win
The EPA cuts through the slime, following the third round of sampling:
“EPA has completed and shared with residents and Pennsylvania state officials the third set of sampling at 16 private drinking water wells in Dimock, Pennsylvania. This set of sampling did not show levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take further action. At one well, EPA found elevated levels of arsenic and offered alternate water but the resident declined.”
It’s also very important to point out that Pennsylvania has advanced well construction standards to make them the strongest in the country. The state’s casing and cementing regulations are effective in preventing potential concerns associated with well construction.