Faces of Dimock – October 15

October 12, 2010

There will be a public meeting,  “Faces of Dimock “, held at the Kingston Township Municipal Building, 180 E. Center Street, Shavertown. It starts at 7pm on Friday, October 15th. The guest speaker will be Craig Sautner, who has been seen at many events with his gallon jug of “Dimock Lemonade”, drawn from his contaminated well. He will talk about the events of the last two years, and their effects on his family. Those who attend will see and hear what it is like to live next to a “frack farm”, from a video interview taken at Ron and Jean Carter’s home. Parking is available at the rear of the building, and across the street at the athletic field.


How Natural Gas Drilling has Changed My Eating Habits by Molly M.

September 1, 2010

Following is a guest post from Molly M.  All are invited to submit:

I travelled to Dimock, PA, several weeks ago to see for myself what was going on at my neighbors to the north.  I was astounded to see gas drilling pads in many farm pastures.  On several sites, cows were being pastured and fed adjacent to the pads. I had read about cows being quarantined in Tioga County after they were suspected of drinking polluted flowback water.  In Washington County cows died after exposure to drilling fluids.  At Dunkard Creek, where all aquatic life died from an algae bloom caused by drilling, beef cows were photographed standing in orange-tainted water.  I have decided not to eat beef any more.  Every time I look at a steak, I see those cows standing next to a drill site.

My new discoveries opened my eyes to other concerns.  How about the farmers who were present at the farmers’ markets? Had they leased their lands?  If I knew for sure they had, I bypassed their stands.  I am also boycotting a restaurant next to a drill pad in Fairmount Township.

I began searching for alternative food sources and discovered the joys of shopping at the Lands at Hillside.  The folks who bought this wonderful farm from the old coal barons opted not to lease these lands.  Hooray!  Now I buy hormone-free milk, free range eggs, Hillside Gold butter, fresh ice cream, and other goodies.  Life is good, and my tummy agrees.

the threat of democracy

May 28, 2010

If this evil and blatant usury of our land is not stopped by our elected and sworn representatives by listening to reason, constituents, and the constitution – if they wimp out on their duty to make sure anything done to this state is done right or not at all; if this illegal attack supplants democracy – then democracy will be wrestled back, one way or another.


There will be thousands of gas wells drilled over the next two decades using slick water horizontal hydrofracking – the Back Mountain as Industrial Zone

May 24, 2010

Gas Drilling Will Bring You:
Lower Property Values
Higher Taxes
Polluted and Unusable Water Sources
Toxic Waste (heavy metals, carcinogens, brine and radioactive materials)
Open Waste Pits
Undisclosed Chemicals
Endocrine Disruptors
Carcinogens Left Underground
Air Pollution
Depleted Water Habitat
Noise Pollution
Eminent Domain
Loss of Farmland
Loss of Tourism
Disrupted Wildlife Habitat
Higher Crime Rate
Increased Drug Use
Choking Truck Traffic
Broken Roads
Increased Accidents
Lower Quality of Life (why do you love this place?)
Earth Shaking
Fractured Bedrock Below (where 10 to 30 tons of chemicals per well, liberated radioactivity, brine, and heavy metals are left underground to slowly migrate toward your family’s water supply)

Educate yourself and take action to stop this now! The first well is drilling this August. Don’t be fooled by the propaganda you see on television and billboards. 1.5% percent of the county households will benefit, 98.5% will suffer.

NOTE – Add on top of this: mismanagement, acts of nature, maximization of profit, and out of state corporations. Then mix in weakened laws and a depleted DEP. And put it all in the context of rapid expansion. Isn’t this a case for MORATORIUM!?


Reports from Cabot Patch World

April 17, 2010

Here is an editorial from the Daily Item, Cabot provides cautionary tale of drilling danger

And a firsthand report posted on Switchboard from a traveler to Dimock: Visiting Dimock, Seeing Gas Drilling’s Ugly Side Firsthand

And from this morning’s Citizen’s Voice, Families with tainted water reject driller’s plan for treatment

“A regulatory body does not have the authority to direct a private company to go into a privately owned home and install equipment, and if the resident refuses, deem that the company has fulfilled their obligation to provide permanent fresh water,”.


Cabot remains Arrogant

April 16, 2010

The Pennsylvania DEP posed as DEP for a day and it felt good to those of us who have been exceedingly frustrated about this juggernaut of stupidity that is the Marcellus Shale play. But looking more closely, it will be business as usual for the industry tomorrow, while a little section of the play gets some relief and corrective action. (“Corrective” as in, I screwed up your water supply but, reluctantly, here is a filter).

This is an example of the arrogance of Cabot Oil:

Kenneth Komoroski, a Cabot attorney and spokesman, said the company agreed to abide by the order, but it does not believe it failed to follow the first order and so sees no reason for the penalties or new demands.

“But in the interest of continuing to do our best to cooperate with the department, we did agree to those additional terms,” he said.

The company plans to shift its operations to other parts of Susquehanna County where it currently holds permits.

The overall impact to the company, he said, “will be somewhere between none and insignificant.”

Here is the full story – Gas company slapped with drilling ban and fine


Cabot Speak

April 10, 2010

This is excerpted from the news article: State: Energy firm contaminated well, spring

Cabot spokesman Ken Komoroski said the company has not confirmed the source of the fluid, but has confirmed that “Cabot activities are not the source.”

Komoroski said Cabot checked with its “independent third-party consultant,” which concluded that “the observance of black water in the well did not and could not have occurred as a result of Cabot activities” based on “observation and extensive analytical testing.” He said the well and spring contained “total and fecal coliform, which is indicative of human or animal waste” and that “the materials that exist in the well in high concentrations don’t exist on Cabot locations.”

Asked if any of the materials Cabot uses were found in the well, Komoroski said the company does not yet have all analytical results from lab tests and a final report is still in draft form. DEP continues to investigate the incident and Cabot will continue to cooperate and support the department’s efforts, he said.

So let’s get this straight.  Cabot denies wrongdoing before  all the reports are in????….Oh I forgot (touch to the forehead) – the Halliburton loophole… sorry … there is really no way for me to ever know…  is there?  You made sure of that.

Not for long though, when democracy has its day.