Cracking Down on Cabot

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has taken off the gloves, and in essence, ordered Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to cough up nearly $12 million dollars. It will cost that much to construct a water pipeline. Once complete, it will supply water to 18 homeowners in Susquehana County.

For the first time, the state is publicly blaming Cabot for polluting at least 18 wells in Dimock. Cabot fired back saying the EPA’s findings are, “unfounded, irrational, and capricious. Cabot’s chief executive officer, Dan O. Dinges, said Cabot’s drilling operations did not cause methane gas to migrate in to some wells.

Cabot suspects the methane present prior to drilling. Dinges sent a letter to DEP Secretary John Hanger, earlier this week, stating that the DEP overlooked evidence that Cabot was not responsible for underground gas migration.

Hanger told the Philadelpia Inquirer it has amassed “overwhelming” evidence that Cabot’s wells were poorly constructed. “Its as though Cabot lives on a planet or a universe in which it gets to chose its facts and its opinons,” Hanger said.

Pennsylvania American Water will construct the pipeline. The DEP will dip into a state fund, and then seek to recover all those millions of dollars from Cabot.

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