21 Mar '12, 4pm

EPA: ‘This water is fine, apart from all the methane’

A press release from the Environmental Protection Agency said that Dimock, Pa., had safe drinking water in spite of fracking. But independent testing found dangerous levels of methane. What gives? The EPA issued a release implying that Dimock’s water was clean when only 11 samples had been tested, out of almost 50 households. The agency says that the early announcement, which Dimock residents felt was premature, was intended to keep all those concerned informed about each stage of the testing process. But it doesn’t explain why the data hasn’t been made public, or why the results don’t square with independent testing. Independent testing has found that 11 Dimock families’ water is contaminated with explosive levels of methane, as well as heavy metals, radioactive material and fracking chemicals like ethylene glycol—commonly known as antifreeze. It’s true that methane-conta...

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