Friday, September 6, 2013
Dimock, Pa., Susquehanna County.
Cabot bought the Sautner House through an investment company, and Cabot's name is on the demolition permit posted out front of the house. Cabot made a settlement with the Sautners with a gag order in August 2012. Sautners moved out to NY. The house has been empty for about a year. Why would Cabot demolish it and not answer our questions and enquiries. Are they removing all evidence of this contaminated property and the "symbol" of resistance and protest? The Sautners were the most vocal of the Dimock families who had lost their water after gas drilling.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Published on Sep 4, 2013 Dimock, Pa., Susquehanna County.
Cabot bought the Sautner House through an investment company and Cabot's name is on the demolition permit posted out front of the house. Cabot made a settlement with the Sautners with a gag order in August 2012. Sautners moved out to NY. The house has been empty for about a year. Why would Cabot demolish it and not answer our questions and enquiries. Are they removing all evidence of this contaminated property and the "symbol" of resistance and protest ? The Sautners were the most vocal of the families in Dimock, who had lost their water after gas drilling.
Video by Independent Journalist Vera Scroggins
So what does Cabot Oil intend to do with this property now? Perhaps a nice compressor station, or how about a lovely pipe distribution lot or maybe a man camp? This is a travesty what Cabot has done to the Sautner family. If Cabot is trying to wipe away the evidence and the history, they will not succeed. Too many people know what they have done.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Artists Against Fracking is a coalition dedicated to banning hydraulic fracking everywhere. Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon took a tour of Northeast PA in January. This is their story and their plea.
Don't frack New York State!
Imagine there's no fracking...
Filming by Josh Fox
Filming by Josh Fox
Saturday, January 19, 2013
On January 17, 2013, Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon, accompanied by other celebrities, engaged a tour bus to take them to Susquehanna County, PA, where they met with several local families who have been severely impacted by natural gas drilling. Vera Scroggins, fearless and relentless warrior against fracking (and all it entails), took this video which has some special moments. If you are bothered by the barking dog, just go to 11:30 on the video. At that point Yoko and Sean, Susan Sarandon, Josh Fox, and Arun Gandhi, and others are sitting in the living room of a local family and viewing some video of methane gas billowing out of the family water well. At one point, I was so touched when Sean said to his mom," Mom, look! That's gas coming out of the well!" He is so kind to his mother, and to him she is just "Mom." One other moment that touched my heart was when Sean was heard saying, "I gotcha." He was holding on to his mom's arm to make sure she didn't slip on the ice. He was brought up right! Such a gentleman and so solicitous of his mom. At the end of Vera's video, Sean speaks poignantly to everyone on the bus, telling of his personal interest in protecting the environment and expressing his deep emotion about how people have been hurt. He has compassion and empathy, qualities I wish more people had. I was really impressed with this group. They were sincerely affected by what they saw.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Published on Dec 11, 2012
Taped 12-11-12. This is the gas pads/sites on Ken Ely's property in Dimock, Pa., Susquehanna County. These sites are producing gas and were installed in 2008 by Cabot Gas Co., and the brine tanks are rusting out and possibly leaking into the ground. They need to be examined by the DEP. The puddles alongside these brine tanks need to be tested. I have permission of the owner to visit these sites. You can hear the sounds of the heaters/production units and see some of the emissions from them and we could smell them. This is all the components you will find on every gas site.
Thank you, Vera Scroggins, for making this video. You go where many cannot often go because we are too far away.
New York, take note. This could be us in five years. Let's not let it happen.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Uploaded by rnntv on Feb 14, 2012 An RFL Special Investigation into Hydrofracking. Dimock, PA is a town so divided over gas drilling - the two sides describe the fight as a civil war. On the one hand, there are people who claim the health consequences of hydrofracking are so severe, it contaminated their water and left them unable to have kids. On the other hand, there's people who say it's the best thing that ever happened to Dimock. But no matter which side you speak to...everyone agrees, it's changed their community.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The Teel Compressor Station on Button Road in Dimock, PA. Vera's video from yesterday. The noise is unacceptable.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Uploaded by WaterDefense on Mar 21, 2012
Please donate to the Water for Dimock fund: http://j.mp/GzJRnL
On March 15th 2012 families affected by fracking in Dimock got test results back from the EPA proving their water was contaminated. The EPA simultaneously put out a statement saying the water didn't pose a health threat. Why did the EPA contradict it's own findings?
Please call EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson at 202-564-4700 and demand long-term water replacement for Dimock.
For more information on the situation in Dimock see the recent Propublica article by Abraham Lustgarten: http://j.mp/GGwyYw
The song "Motherland" is courtesy of Natalie Merchant
Call Lisa Jackson
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
This is the process of "finshing" a gas well in Dimock, PA as seen with the FLIR GasFindIR Optical Gas Imaging camera. According to the worker there, the valves on the wells are opened up to release pressure before the flaring process. Raw gas, as well as vaporized flack fluid and anything else down in the hole, blows out unregulated. The odor was still in the air 1.5 miles away at the Dimock Post Office. The last of the footage shows the flaring pipes, one starts to release the gasses (and ???) but is not yet lit. Go to balckbart's Picasa site to see still photos of the flaring later that night and the next day.
The wells are flared to release excess natural gas (and whatever else comes with it) before the well is capped. After the well is capped, the gas company leaves, awaiting the time when the gas can be sold at a price which makes economic sense. Right now natural gas is sold so cheaply in the US that we are selling it overseas at a good profit instead.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
|Carter Road, Dimock, PA|
Day One, Part One
Day One, Part Two: Carter Road
Day Two: Silver Lake
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Today, 1-20-12, Press Conference at the Sautner House in Dimock, Pa., Susquehanna County, where Julia Walsh of Frackaction.org of NY introduces Dimock residents with polluted water. Craig Sautner speaks, followed by Victoria Switzer, then Silver Lake resident, Craig Stevens and Josh Fox, "Gasland", Producer. EPA decides to bring water in a large tanker for polluted residents after reviewing more test data received by Cabot Gas and DEP and EPA will test 61 homes in the area starting this Monday and Tuesday and continue to bring water to several homes in Dimock. Industrial chemicals, barium , arsenic and metals, besides methane found in the water. Four EPA people were there.
Only four homes in Dimock are slated to receive clean water from the EPA so far, but there are many more homes still in need of clean water.
THANK YOU, EPA, FOR BRINGING CLEAN WATER TO DIMOCK. A GOOD START, BUT THERE ARE MANY MORE FAMILIES IN NEED OF CLEAN WATER.
Friday, January 13, 2012
A video by Scott Cannon On January 10, 2012. I drove to Dimock Pennsylvania to find out what's going on with the DEP and the EPA's investigation on the water well contamination alleged by Cabot Oil & Gas.
Methane in three private water wells in Lenox Twp. seeped there from a flawed natural gas well drilled by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., state environmental regulators have found.
An investigation by the Department of Environmental Protection determined that the gas migrated from at least one of three Marcellus Shale wells on the Stalter well pad about a half-mile west of Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County.
The gas was found seeping into three water supplies in August. A fourth water well for a hunting cabin is still being evaluated, DEP spokesman Daniel Spadoni said.
Video from inside one of Cabot's gas wells showed that a string of steel casing meant to seal off the aquifer from contaminants was improperly constructed, according to a notice of violation sent by DEP in September.
Methane was also found between the cemented strings of casing in all three gas wells on the Stalter pad, a sign state regulators view as evidence of flaws in a well's construction.
The dissolved methane in one nearby water supply jumped from 0.3 milligrams per liter before drilling began to 49 milligrams per liter on Aug. 16 and 57 milligrams per liter on Aug. 18, according to the violation notice.
Cabot installed methane detection alarms in three homes and vented the three affected water wells to keep the methane from accumulating and creating an explosion risk. The company is also delivering replacement drinking water to two of the homes, Mr. Spadoni said. The methane in the third water well has decreased so the home does not require an alternate water supply, he said.
Cabot spokesman George Stark said Friday that the company submitted a detailed response to the DEP and is working with regulators on the issue.
"Cabot is committed to safe and responsible operations and takes matters like this very seriously," he said. "We believe in fact-based, scientific research to guide any necessary corrective actions."
Department regulators sent Cabot a violation notice on Sept. 19, but neither the department's public eFACTS compliance database nor its monthly oil and gas violations report noted the inspection or violations until last week, when a Times-Tribune reporter asked about the investigation.
DEP policy requires the oil and gas program to update the eFACTS database within 10 working days of completing an inspection or mailing a notice of violations.
Mr. Spadoni said the missing information was "an oversight."
Part One here.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
This weekend Dimock residents were under the impression that the EPA planned to deliver emergency water to them. But the decision was reversed, and the reason is unclear. The affected families literally have no water with which to cook, bathe, wash clothes, and flush toilets. This is just wrong.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Listen to Mr. Sautner's comments about the victory in delaying drilling in the Delaware Watershed and also about his dilemma in Dimock, PA, where Cabot Oil destroyed his water supply. November 30th is the day when Cabot will no longer deliver fresh water to his home. His contaminated well has never been restored.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
If you work on a well site, you might want to buy your coffee off-site. A gas worker inadvertently put a jug of treated frack water in the break room at a Dimock worksite in June. Coffee was brewed using this toxic water. It made a worker sick for about 5 days.
Read the story here.
Read the story here.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Exploding water wells, broken promises, gas drilling gone bad!
Sunday, October 30th, 4 p.m.
Meet at Dimock Baptist Church
PADEP has agreed to allow Cabot Oil & Gas to stop providing fresh water to the people in Dimock who have contaminated water. This sets a precedence for water contamination cases in PA.
What if this was YOUR water?All Zombies are invited to Dimock to join in a walk to illustrate what happens when the gas industry leads State policy. Come in a costume or come as you are. We will meet for Kabot Kool-aid at the Dimock Baptist Church at 4 and walk down Carter Rd. to the site where a water well blew up on New Year's morning, Jan 1, 2009. We will then return to the church for a viewing of the film" Frac Attack!" and refreshments. Shuttles will be available from the church to Carter Rd. and back. Map for the church location can be found here.
Dimock Baptist Church
State Route 2024
Dimock, PA 18816
More information here.
DON'T EXPECT PROTECTION
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Get the wine glasses out! Water from Dimock and Granville Summit coming right up!
Photo used by permission.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
My name is Scott Cannon. I shot this video. I am a professional videographer and have been employed by PBS and NBC. I mention in the video that the second site is owned by Cabot. It is a compressor station, and a compressor station being built by a school is what were are questioning. I will protect the name of my source who lives in that area and has been studying the drilling operations for some time..
Peacegirl writes: Listen to the sound of the working compressor station in Dimock. Look at the methane being emitted into the air. It can't be seen by the naked eye.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Hundreds of diesel truck trips are required to service each gas well, polluting the air with noxious compounds in diesel exhaust fumes. This quick little film captures 58 trucks on one road on one Fall afternoon in Dimock PA over a 19-minute period of real time. One truck, poignantly, carries fresh drinking water for a Dimock family whose water has been ruined by gas fracking.
Guitar music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com, "Plantation" and "Mountain Sun," permission for use licensed under Creative Commons by Jason Shaw.
"19 Minutes in Dimock" © 2010 by Jane Prettyman, host of 'Public Comment' (username 'Dissenta'): http://www.pubcomm.blogspot.com/.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
by Lynn Senick - 10/14/2010
The gas companies came here with the white trucks and figuratively wearing the white hats of the good guys. They love our community and they want the best for us. They want to make money and they want us to prosper. Gas is good for all of us. And then they made sure every arrangement protected their interests and reduced their costs of doing business. They have passed the costs of their industry onto our community. This is standard good business practice, right? Everyone looks for a bargain. Doesn’t every business proposition that ever existed operate this way? You would be a fool not to.
Let’s stop fooling ourselves. We are going to have to be tough and protect ourselves, something that so many did not do when blindly signing on the dotted line with a completely trusting, or if not trusting, completely unquestioning attitude. You can decide if this was a measure of our communal honesty and integrity or our stupidity.
I read and hear the assertion that the water in Susquehanna County always had contamination problems. Why does the community bear the brunt for testing and proving that we have no pre-existing water problem when we all lived here without any water buffaloes and vent pipes popping up in our yards?
I have been told it is our responsibility to prove we have good water before drilling starts. I have purchased properties in Susquehanna County and no one suggested that I should have my water tested as a condition of sale. I have municipal water now, and it is inferior in quality to the spring water I had on my small farm. I did get my water tested when I lived there. Not the extensive cradle to grave tests that are now required to prove and prepare in case of a future lawsuit, but the regular tests for nitrates, colliform bacteria, heavy metals...the usual suspect things in a region like ours. My water was always good. I have not heard of widespread problems with water in our county before this time of drilling. In fact, the water was known for its abundance and purity; it was our greatest natural resource before gas drilling, and I assert, our most valuable, far more valuable than shale gas.
I find it disturbing, saddening and maddening that the people in the affected area in Dimock, who like mostly everyone else signed a lease without a thought of a need to defend against the industry, are now being blamed and accused for their bad fortune.
The water in Dimock was affected during the vertical drilling, before gas production had started, and yet I hear rumors that the Dimock residents are suing because their royalties have dropped off. How is it known who gets royalties and who does not? And how much they receive?
I hear rumors that the folks who are suing are all from “other” areas and were not born here. Yes, some were and some were not. Susquehanna County has had an influx from other regions for many years; this is now the test for truthfulness?
I hear rumors that the residents blew up their own well or poisoned their own wells, that they only want the money. Why does anyone sign a lease if not for money? You don’t expect to get rich by falsifying your water quality, do you? Are these accusations credible considering all the residents have been through and the fact that the gas companies are well financed to fight a lawsuit that may drag through the courts for years? If a gas company will not abide by the DEP findings, then who will regulate their activity? Who will protect us if gas companies disregard the PA DEP?
Why do the Dimock residents stand as the accused in the court of public opinion? Why are they expected to publicly explain themselves and defend themselves from suspicion when the gas companies have planned everything to escape liability?
I have countered these and other accusations many times by extending the offer to introduce the accusing person to an affected Dimock resident. Let them come and ask the questions and see the situation and make a decision about the truth of this matter. No accuser has ever taken me up on the offer.
I say to the folks who happen to be lucky enough so far to have experienced no problems with drilling, “Congratulations and I hope it never happens to you.” But if you do develop a problem, do not expect my support if you have cast unproven, reckless aspersions on your more unfortunate neighbors.
This is just what the gas industry loves, pitting us against each other. In the words of Mayor Calvin Tillman of Dish, TX, “United We Bargain; Divided We Beg.”