Fracking Contamination Leads EPA to Supply Drinking Water to Pennsylvania Homes

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will supply drinking water to some homes in Dimock, Pennsylvania after three years of state investigations and lawsuits have failed to resolve the problem of water in the town being contaminated by fracking.

According to ProPublica, the EPA will bring tanks of drinking water to four homes in the town after data reviewed by EPA found that residents’ well water contained “levels of contaminants that pose a health concern.” At least four wells that were tested had dangerous levels of arsenic, barium, and glycols.

The agency also said that it plans to test the water supplies of 60 additional homes for dangerous substances. In December 2011, the FDA concluded that fracking was the likely cause for groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. It will conduct a multinational study of the effects of fracking on water supplies as well.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is used to take gas and oil from rocks by drilling deep wells and injecting water to flush out natural gas deposits in between its layers.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by contaminated water, contact Sokolove Law to find out if you have grounds to pursue legal action.