EPA testing in Pa. town doesn't show contamination

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Associated Press

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 16 at 12:01 AM

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Federal environmental regulators say well water testing at 11 homes in a northeastern Pennsylvania village where a gas driller was accused of polluting the aquifer failed to show elevated levels of contamination.

The Environmental Protection Agency is sampling well water at dozens of homes in Dimock, Susquehanna County. The agency said Thursday it received initial test results for 11 homes.

Regulators say water samples from six of the 11 homes showed sodium, methane, chromium or bacteria, but at safe levels. Arsenic was found in the well water of two homes but at low levels.

A handful of residents are suing Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., saying the Houston-based driller contaminated their wells with potentially explosive methane gas and with drilling chemicals.

Many other Dimock residents assert the water is clean.

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