Victoria Switzer, a resident of Dimock, PA, spoke at a rally in Harrisburg, PA, on September 21, 2010. She lives within walking distance of nearly 100 gas wells. Her water well is ruined. She has to use water brought in by Cabot Oil. Thirty-two families in Dimock now use what is called "replacement water," delivered every day by truck. Gas companies, says Switzer, deny any culpability for contaminated water wells, and they bring water to Dimock residents as a good neighbor gesture. It is okay with the gas drillers for people to simply disconnect from their aquifer forever. Then what goes on underground on their properties becomes a non-issue- supposedly.
Ms. Switzer has had her water tested by independent labs for several years. In 2008 she had good water. In April 2010 4 deadly chemicals were found in her water which only could have gotten there through methane migration of chemicals used in the drilling process. This is a hugely significant discovery and very damning against the gas industry.
Switzer has coined a new phrase: Marcellus Madness. It is madness. It is insanity of the first order to destroy our water- a vital resource which cannot be replaced once it is gone. Have we gone crazy?