Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Stop the Fear Mongering: Water Can be Remediated... The Dimock Case

I keep hearing about aquifers can be contaminated forever, leaving a widespread legacy of "bad" water for future generations. For years, Dimock PA has been the poster child for the anti-drillers this based on the water contamination that occurred. The idea that the water contamination in Dimock would be widespread if Natural Gas development was to occur in New York State has always been one of their strong arguments. The image of the contaminated water in jugs strewn across a street is one that has been used to visually stir fear and dread into unsuspecting folks. Experts have said and still maintain that Dimock water can be treated and will return back to background or baseline levels. The proof is here.
Over the past few months I have been reviewing the data from some of the data that Loren speaks about in the following video clip and he is right; water quality is improving as the groundwater system purges. Watching them take a swig of raw water from Dimock's groundwater is impressive and equally matches the visual of the activists clutching to their jugs of contaminated water. The opponents to natural gas development have clearly maintained that once and aquifer is ruined by meth-mud is WILL NEVER come back and cannot be treated.  This video is a sure contradiction to that fact.

Loren explains his water treatment system and shares his drinking water (from Dimock's Groundwater) Untreated.

This does not negate the fact that some people’s lives were turned upside down when their water was contaminated. This is not an issue that should be taken lightly; there were and continue to be important lessons to be learned from this incident for both the industry and the public.

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