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Dimock PA: Posterchild FOR Natural Gas

December 9, 2011

Dimock, PA:

If you are at all familiar with the Hydraulic Fracturing conversation (if you are not, it is the hottest Oil & Gas Conversation in the World right now) then you are very familiar with this small swath of real estate. Dimock has become the poster child for Anti-“Fracking” groups in their never ending quest to stop the industrial stimulation practice.

Environmentalists have made Susquehanna County and Dimock Township synonymous with the reasons for why the United States should issue “Frack” bans nationwide. One sided articles written by Propublica, Vanityfair, the New York Times, the Huffington Post (which includes a video of Mark Ruffalo calling Frac Fluids “poison”), and even ABC  have painted a picture of Dimock whereby Dimock appears as an industrial wasteland destroyed by the practice of Hydraulic Fracturing without hope of successful Fracturing practices in the future.

The most interesting part of this is the small blurb of attention that ABC gave to an entirely different group of protestors present.

Enough is Enough is an activist group comprised of Dimock residents, wearied from all of the lopsided negative attention that Dimock has garnered as a result of Frac’ing.

This group held their own rally while resident anti-Frac’ing celebrities like Mark Ruffalo and Josh Fox got the attention from ABC.

Spokesman for Enough is Enough Bill Aileo said

“We are proud to live in Dimock. While the anti-gas minor­ity has torn
apart our com­mu­nity, tar­nish­ing its rep­u­ta­tion and beauty, and mak­ing
our home sound like a waste land, we know what is true. Our water is
clean and our com­mu­nity is ready to get back on its feet, back to the
facts, and back to pro­duc­tion. As tests from the Penn­syl­va­nia
Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion have shown time and again,
which was con­firmed again last week, our water is safe.”

He also said concerning Dimock

“It should be a poster child because its a wonderful place to live and it’s an example of what a thriving new industry can do both for a community and the country. That’s what it should be a poster child of.”

What should be noted about all of the negative attention devoted to painting Dimock as the Alsace-Lorraine of the Natural Gas industry is that the actual Citizens of Dimock are sick of being represented as victims of an industry that they support.

Energy in Depth recently posted a Power Point Presentation created by the residents of Dimock who are tired of their town being nationally portrayed as the victim of Natural Gas. The majority of them support the Natural Gas Industry because of the money and jobs that it provides.

One Dimock resident, says that he has relatives from all over the country that ask him about his “black and greasy” water thanks to the way that Dimock has been covered in the news. He said that in the midst of a Dimock Town Hall Meeting where the citizens of Dimock rejected a proposal by Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan to continue bringing in water to the town of Dimock by booting him from the meeting in a clamor of disapproval. Mayor Ryan told the people that “you are setting yourself up for a big lawsuit” if they didn’t agree to allow Binghamton to supply water to the affected families. One of the residents can be heard saying “I am an attorney and they don’t need to be getting unsolicited advice from an interloper!” His statement was immediately followed by applause.

One of the town hall leaders then directly addressed Mayor Ryan and said “You know what, you keep your nose in Binghamton…and we’ll worry about Dimock Township.” The leader then pointed Mayor Ryan to the door with his pen under the roar of applause and whooping.

The fact of the matter is that the DEP and the EPA both cleared the water in Dimock for all uses, including drinking.

The actual E-mail from the EPA reads

Dear Dimock Residents,

This email is a follow-up to the visits to Dimock area homes by EPA on November 10, 2011 and the subsequent review of well sampling data for wells impacted by the Cabot Oil and Gas Company drilling activities. EPA has conducted a preliminary review and screening of the data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and residents. While we are continuing our review, to date, the data does not indicate that the well water presents an immediate health threat to users. EPA will continue to review available information related to the concerns of Dimock area residents. We are continuing to work with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania going forward on this issue.

Please feel free to call me or David Polish, Community Involvement Coordinator, at (215) 814-3327, if you have further questions.

Sincerely,

Trish Taylor, Community Involvement Coordinator
Hazardous Site Cleanup Division (Mailcode 3HS52)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3
1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA., 19103
phone: (215) 814 – 5539
fax: (215) 814 – 3015

It turns out that the majority of the people of Dimock (again, whom are FOR Natural Gas Drilling) are wearied by the efforts of Fractivists like Josh Fox, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Mark Ruffalo to smear the reputation of their home town. There are a few residents (all of whom have refused the testing of their own water wells by Cabot and the filters or new wells they offered to drill for free) who continue to refuse to acknowledge both the findings of the DEP and EPA or any help offered by Cabot for the sake of supporting their own ends, namely, a lawsuit against Cabot.

Another Dimock resident, in the comment section of the town hall videos posted by Energy in Depth, pointed to what he/she considers the real story:

“…that Video is mostly all PA residents from Dimock where enough is enough was formed. many of those peopel are Carter Road and Meshoppen Creek Road Residents all within a few hundred yards in any direction of ground zero as you put it. The real truth and I was there” is that in the parking lot for the pro gas rally right next door to the Sauntners there were 33, cars with only 2 having NY license Plates the rest from PA not Texas, “HOWEVER”  next door at the Sauntners there were only the familys plates and Victoria Switzers from PA. the other 35-45 cars all had NY plates. This is the story !”

The Switzer and Sautner families are the families that have refused remediation from Cabot and are not representative of the interests of the town.

The citizens of Dimock have called this slanted coverage and smearing a political ploy, something like a theater of the absurd because “independent testing that has been analyzed by both the Department of Environmental Protection and by the EPA says that the permanent water supplies in this community, including the Carter Road area, are safe to drink.”

Videos on the citizens of Dimock’s position can be found here.

The bottom line in all of this is that a small group of people in Dimock have refused any and all help and the majority of the Dimock residents want to be enabled to profit from the Natural Gas on their properties.

One of the signs from the group desirous of Natural Gas Drilling reads “This isn’t New York, it’s Pennsylvania and our water is clean.”

For the citizens of Dimock, the Fractivists’ use of them is more than old. They are sick and tired of the activists who use their town as their argumentative pillar. They want those folks to go back to where they came from rather than run their town’s reputation into the ground for their purposes.

Mark Ruffalo (Celebrity Fractivist) said

“I don’t care where you stand on the side of the issue, you…the fact that, we have to remember the human cost and I think that’s what this is about. We come here in total kindness, in peace, in love to bring these people the very essential thing they need, which is water.”

This “human cost” concept may sound like Ruffalo is a humanitarian because it portrays the residents as victims. It portrays them as people being railroaded by the evil Natural Gas Industry responsible for destroying their water supply.

The majority of the opinions of the people of Dimock, the township he claims to support, oppose his own. His statement is bereft of considering them…, well, worth considering.

According to Dimock, the DEP and the EPA, Dimock water is just fine, so they don’t want, nor do they need “the very essential thing they need, which is water.”

For a group who likes to stand behind the EPA and the people whom they claim to support, how much more of a clear message do they need?

Dimock already has clean water. The EPA confirms this fact. The people of Dimock want deliverance, not from the Natural Gas industry, but from people like Ruffalo.

They want to profit from the industry. They keep calling for it. These Dimock natives are tired of their own voices being drowned out by the PR circus.

Their advice to Ruffalo would be similar to the advice they gave to Mayor Matt Ryan of Binghamton. Keep your nose in the Catskills, and let us worry about Dimock Township.

In summary, Dimock wants to profit from Natural Gas, they have clean water, and they are done with people like Ruffalo, Fox, and Kennedy who continually destroy their legacy for their own agenda in New York.

The group Enough is Enough speaks for itself.

Agendas by Fractivists repeatedly and regularly overlook the desires of real people like New York Farmers who want to profit from Natural Gas because New York exorbitant property taxes are killing their livelihood.

“Enough is Enough” isn’t tired of the Natural Gas industry. They are tired of Fractivists and it’s time that the Fractivists listen to them.

They are people too, after all.

I am wondering where else residents share these sentiments.

For the last three years, the press has used the town of Dimock as the poster child for Fractivism. The town of Dimock thinks that they should be the poster child…for Natural Gas.

It is kind of funny that the Green press questions the validity of the Natural Gas Industry’s claims when they have been misrepresenting an entire town all along.

I hope the policy makers are watching.

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  1. Nicole
    December 9, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Excellent post! I know many of the people in ‘Enough is Enough’ and you summed up their attitudes toward all of this very nicely. For them, it is not about Cabot or even natural gas at this point, it’s about being Pro-Dimock and taking back the reputation of their community. It is so unfortunate that a few in a community, who have been used to meet a bigger agenda, have managed to smear such a beautiful community. I am with you in hoping the policy makers and the media for that matter take notice and start to listen to the rest of Dimock. Enough really is Enough!

  2. NEPAgal
    December 9, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    YES! Someone else gets it! It’s not about Dimock – it’s about pushing others agendas!

  3. victor furman
    December 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    damn antis outta be shut right of NG and its products

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