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Drilling Lawsuit: Pa. residents sue gas driller over polluted wells
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A Dimock, Pa. resident says the last time she drank the water in her home, she vomited. She said it's made her children sick, too, according to the Associated Press on November 20, 2009.
She lives in a rural community 15 miles south of the New York border. Many residents reportedly signed a lease with a major natural gas driller to explore a potentially lucrative formation beneath her land. Now, those families are plaintiffs in a lawsuit that alleges a gas company polluted their wells with methane gas and other contaminants, destroying the value of their homes and threatening their health.
The residents said that shortly after the drilling started near their homes, the water that came out of their faucets suddenly became cloudy and discolored, and it smelled and tasted foul.
Then, a state investigation that found the natural gas company had allowed combustible gas to escape into the region's groundwater supplies.
The fracking process entails pumping millions of gallons of water at extremely high pressure to break up rocks and pry out natural gas that is locked away in the deep shale deposit. Many environmentalists contend such fracturing operations pose a risk to groundwater sources, which may be contaminated by methane, a highly flammable gas, or by the fracking chemicals used to facilitate the extraction process.
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“There’s a rush on to exploit favorable market conditions for natural gas,” observed Lem Srolovic, an attorney in the Environmental unit. “Unfortunately, gas companies and their well service providers appear all too often willing to place communities and the environment at risk. But those companies must conform to a standard of reasonable care for the communities in which they operate. Where gas extraction injures health or damages property, they should be held accountable,” Mr. Srolovic stated.
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