EPA: Water quality OK at 20 wells in Pa. gas town

Karen DeWitt / NY Public Radio

DIMOCK, Pa. (AP) - Federal environmental regulators say testing at 20 homes in a northeastern Pennsylvania village where a gas driller was accused of polluting the aquifer showed no dangerous levels of water contamination.

The report released Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency shows the presence of substances including barium, methane and sodium in several of the wells in Dimock (DIH'-muhk) that were tested, but nothing requiring the EPA to take immediate action.

Earlier testing showed the presence of sodium, methane, chromium or bacteria in six other wells.

One of the wells for which results were released Friday shows barium levels well above the EPA's maximum contaminant level, but a treatment system was successfully removing it.

The village in Susquehanna County has been at the center of a debate over the environmental and health effects of Marcellus Shale drilling.