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U.S. EPA finds remaining water safe in famous fracking town

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is discontinuing water deliveries to four homes in a rural Pennsylvania town that attracted national attention after residents complained that natural gas drilling polluted wells.
Further testing showed no reason for further action, the EPA said on Wednesday.
The EPA had been delivering water since January to four homes in Dimock, Pennsylvania where the agency did a second round of water sampling after residents and local regulators submitted data that suggested water at the homes could be contaminated.
“The sampling and an evaluation of the particular circumstances at each home did not indicate levels of contaminants that would give EPA reason to take further action,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin.
The EPA said its water sampling was complete and that it would work with residents on disconnecting water supplies provided by the agency.
One of the wells did show elevated levels of manganese, which is believed to cause neurological problems in people who have had high doses, but a treatment system at the well can reduce contamination to levels that “do not present a health concern,” the EPA said.
Dimock residents have complained of cloudy foul-smelling water since 2009 after drilling by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
The town became ground zero for the debate about fracking after it was featured by director Josh Fox in the Oscar-nominated 2010 documentary “Gasland.”

Read more: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/07/25/usa-epa-fracking-idUKL2E8IPG1520120725

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