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EPA Will Deliver Clean Safe Water to Dimock!

January 19, 2012

Breaking news: Craig Sautner of Dimock, PA just called to announce that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will bring clean safe water to his family this week, most likely tomorrow. His wife Julie had just received the call from Trish Taylor of EPA Region 3. The EPA has confirmed the presence of many metals, ethylene glycol, and chemicals which should not be in household water used for showering or drinking.

Craig hopes that at least 11 of the other affected families will also receive clean safe water deliveries shortly. *Update: EPA Press Release promising water deliveries to four affected families is here.* The EPA had previously promised water deliveries, then made statements to the press that they would not deliver water to the affected families, which prompted Protecting Our Waters to organize a demonstration and press conference last Friday in Philadelphia, urging EPA head Lisa Jackson to immediately deliver clean safe water to the affected families in Dimock.

Here are some of Craig Saunter‘s initial comments:

The data speaks for itself. I guess science did its job, and I guess us people up in Dimock weren’t lying after all. Let science continue to do its job! This is good, this is good.

You wouldn’t believe the hassle I had all last Sunday: I had to put 5-gallon jugs into the water buffalo [the large plastic containers used for replacement water, now ubiquitous in fracked areas]. It all froze up; the water buffalo water froze and the pump was all frozen; I had to get help, and my family could finally take showers starting at 4 pm. It’s been like that every Sunday, Christmas Day, New Year’s… you wouldn’t believe what we’ve been through. My family had rashes from some of those chemicals… Oh my gosh, what a relief! I’m ecstatic!

I hope they don’t build up our hopes and let us down again.

Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make sure justice is done here — starting with the absolute minimum of ensuring clean safe water for Dimock residents whose water was first contaminated by Cabot Oil and Gas in September 2008. We appreciate all those who’ve donated water to Dimock residents after DEP cut off the water deliveries last November. We thank NRDC senior attorney Kate Sinding for her excellent letters to the EPA. Now we are on the edge of our seats to hear the good news that the water has actually been delivered!

Much more work remains to be done, for unfortunately Dimock is not the only Dimock. It should not take so much hard work and pressure to have basic fundamental rights respected, and no one should have to be ecstatic just because clean safe water is made available to keep their family safe from toxic gas drilling contaminants. Let’s keep turning the world right-side up.

As Martin Luther King said, “The arm of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

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6 Comments
  1. Kimm permalink
    January 19, 2012 10:58 pm

    Yay!!!!! This is great news! Now we need to persuade the EPA that they don’t want to have to provide water for the entire population of PA!

  2. Sally G permalink
    January 19, 2012 11:05 pm

    I am so pleased to hear this! I was at the N.J. fracking rally, and the stories of Dimock were just awful. You are so right, this need cannot spread.

  3. January 19, 2012 11:59 pm

    IT WAS FREEZIN, WE BIT BACK AT THE WIND, LISA JACKSON, TOOK ACTION!!!. THIS IS HUGE! CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE WHO PUT THIS PLAN IN ACTION. VERY IMPRESSIVE WORK. TRENTON, EPA IN WYOMING, DIMOCK, NOW TO CLOBBER CORBIE FOR REMOVING ~FUNDING FOR PRESENT STUDIES ON FRACKING.? CAESAR WASHING HIS HANDS OF IT…NICE SIGN FOR THE ROTUNDA…..

    • January 22, 2012 9:35 am

      If people’s lives weren’t being destroyed, one might think it’s almost funny how DEP Sec. Krancer insists that gas drillers are going “above and beyond” when it comes to safety, insisting they will be self-policing with “peer pressure,” but he doesn’t require Cabot to go “above and beyond” when it comes to replacing the water they polluted.

  4. Iris Marie Bloom permalink
    January 20, 2012 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the comments and your hard-working support, folks! Yes we did “bite back at the wind” to get the message “Lisa Jackson, take some action” across, and victory is sweet. Four Dimock families are receiving clean safe water, to begin with. That sets the precedent at both the PA and the national level that clean safe water is a fundamental human right. Same goes for air, soil, farms, food and climate — so keep it up! Make democracy work!

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