MARCELLUS SHALE HISTORY: The Story Behind ‘Fracked Water Wells’ in Dimock PA

In this newly released 41-minute video, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the turmoil and travesty of those ‘Dimocked’ by shale gas production, and the 9 square mile area of Pennsylvania that was once banned from further fracking.

Hear about the shortcomings of state and federal agencies in protecting Pennsylvania citizens’ Constitutional right to “pure water” while seeing many of the campaigners in action:

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“Blowout: Who’s Next” tells the tale of fracking related pollution cases from many places in America. This video covers the water pollution case in Dimock Pennsylvania where people have now gone 14 years without clean water. Caught up in the fracking industry’s fight to keep these cases quiet or deny them altogether, residents of Dimock are still without clean water to their homes.

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‘Gasland’ driller will pay millions for new water system in Dimock
December 13, 2022 – It began with an explosion on New Year’s Day 2009. Soon, residents of the tiny rural community of Dimock discovered dangerous levels of methane gas had seeped into their private water wells. Almost 14 years  later, after setting off a series of events that would make the village synonymous with anti-fracking campaigns worldwide, Cabot Oil and Gas pleaded no contest to 15 criminal charges, including nine felonies. It marks the first time Cabot took responsibility for destroying drinking water supplies. The company agreed to pay $16.29 million to Pennsylvania American Water to build a public water system that will provide clean water to the impacted people, along with a pledge the company will cover water bills for 75 years. In the meantime, the funds will pay for individual filtration systems and bottled water.

Local billboard in 2011

“For every person that has been affected by gas drilling, oil drilling, around the world, everybody is going to be looking at them now. They’re not going to be able to sit there and do what they did here for 14 years. Deny, deny, deny, deny. [Saying we] are liars. They’re going to be held accountable.”

Ray Kemble of Dimock

“There were failures at every level. The local elected officials where someone would normally go, ignored them. The regulators whose job it is to set the boundaries for industry to operate in, failed.”

Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General

“It’s the people’s lawyer who got it done. Our own elected officials, DEP, EPA failed us miserably.”

Victoria Switzer of Dimock
2010 Consent Order & Settlement Agreement:

Pennsylvania lifts ban on gas production in polluted village of Dimock
December 12, 2022 – One of Pennsylvania’s largest drillers will be allowed to extract natural gas from underneath a rural Pennsylvania community where it has been banned for a dozen years because of accusations it polluted the water supply, according to a settlement with state regulators. The Department of Environmental Protection quietly lifted its long-term moratorium on gas production in Dimock, a small village in northeastern Pennsylvania that gained national notoriety when residents were filmed lighting their tap water on fire. The agency’s agreement with Houston-based Coterra Energy Inc. is dated Nov. 29 — the same day Coterra pleaded no contest in a high-profile criminal case accusing the company of allowing methane to leak uncontrolled into Dimock’s aquifer. State officials denied that Coterra was allowed to plead to a misdemeanor charge in exchange for being allowed to drill for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars worth of gas.


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