EPA: Dimock water is safe to drink

July 25, 2012

DIMOCK, Pa. (AP) - Federal regulators say that they've completed tests on drinking water in the northeastern Pennsylvania village of Dimock, and that the water is safe to drink.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a statement Wednesday saying no further action is necessary in Dimock. The agency also says there's no further need to provide residents with alternative supplies of drinking water.

Some residents of Dimock and anti-drilling groups had claimed that Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. polluted the local aquifer with methane and toxic chemicals. They have disputed the EPA's interpretation of the test results.

Resident Ray Kemble says his water is still contaminated, and he doesn't trust EPA's public statements.

The town became a focus in the debate over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, when opponents of drilling showed that some residents were able to light their tap water on fire because of high levels of methane gas. But geologists say such contamination can also happen naturally.

Cabot did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Associated Press 2012