Last Thursday, the EPA announced that Dimock, PA’s water was safe to drink. But was it really safe?
Is the EPA putting people’s health in jeopardy?
The EPA refused to release the test results to the public or the media, so Water Defense and Josh Fox went to Dimock ourselves and obtained the test summaries directly from the families. We found that the results showed explosive levels of methane and dozens of toxic chemicals used in the fracking process (which are NOT safe to drink!) Watch our new video with Dimock residents here.
Despite the EPA’s attempts to downplay their own science, these results vindicate Dimock residents who have for years bravely spoken out about how natural gas drilling poisoned their water.
Finally, we have the proof. Not only that, but we have the law on our side; Pennsylvania code requires water this dangerous to be replaced. But we need EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to take action and demand that the State of Pennsylvania do its job by providing these families with access to safe water.
Please call EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson at 202-564-4700 and tell her to compel the State of Pennsylvania to provide long-term water replacement for the Dimock residents.
These results highlight an escalating water crisis afflicting people across Pennsylvania. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Pennsylvania citizens are coping with water that’s been poisoned by gas drilling. Next week, we’re going to launch a new campaign to demand action on the growing water crisis in Pennsylvania, and expose the grievous human toll of gas drilling nationwide.
But first we need to make sure that Dimock residents have long-term access to clean water. Please call Administrator Jackson at 202-564-4700 and demand long-term water replacement for Dimock.
Make no mistake about it, these test results were a major victory. And we would never have gotten there without your help. Since December, Water Defense has been providing weekly water deliveries to Dimock residents after the DEP let Cabot off the hook for providing water. If hundreds of people had not come forward with donations to keep those deliveries going, the families in Dimock would have been forced to sign nondisclosure agreements in order to receive safe water. Right now the EPA is still delivering water to four families, but seven other families are still depending on your help. As we keep the pressure up on the EPA to take action, please donate here to fund these ongoing water deliveries.