EPA Testing Shows Water in Dimock is Safe

The EPA has announced that its testing shows that water sampled from 11 homes in Dimock, Pennsylvania is safe.  The EPA agreed to perform the tests at the requests of residents who complained about their water quality and expressed concern that oil and gas activity, including hydraulic fracturing, might be contaminating their water supplies.

The EPA stated in an email to the press on March 15, 2012 that "[s]ampling results from these 11 homes did not show levels of contamination that could present a health concern."  The concentrations of various contaminants for which EPA tested "were all within the safe range for drinking water."  The full text of the email stated:

Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 15:55:26 -0400
Subject: EPA statement on initial water sampling results in Dimock

On Jan. 19, as a result of requests from residents and a review of the data we had in hand, EPA announced it would perform water sampling at approximately 60 homes in the Carter Road/Meshoppen Creek Road area of Dimock, Pa. to further assess whether any residents are being exposed to hazardous substances that cause health concerns.

The first round of sampling results is now available for the first 11 homes that were tested during the week of Jan. 23. Sampling results from these 11 homes did not show levels of contamination that could present a health concern. Samples from six of the 11 homes did show concentrations of sodium, methane, chromium or bacteria, but concentrations were all within the safe range for drinking water. The sampling results also identified the presence of arsenic at two homes.

Out of the 11 homes tested, there are currently three homes receiving an alternate water supply provided by EPA. EPA will continue to provide water to these homes while we perform additional sampling to ensure that the drinking water quality at these homes remains consistent and acceptable for use over time. EPA is also taking a second round of samples from the two homes where arsenic was detected, and although the levels meet water standards, we will resample to better characterize the water quality of these wells. After receiving results from the second round of sampling, EPA will re-evaluate the need to continue providing an alternate water source.

EPA has offered to meet with all the residents to go over their data and answer any health-related concerns. As further quality assured data becomes available for the remaining homes, we will share with the homeowners in an expedited manner. Our actions will continue to be based on the science and the law as we work to help get a clear picture of water quality for these homes in Dimock.

Roy Seneca
EPA Region 3 Press Officer
Office of Public Affairs"

The EPA collected samples during the week of January 23, 2012, a week after the Agency announced in a January 19, 2012 press release that it had agreed to perform the testing.

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stevia - March 19, 2012 3:29 AM

Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for
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