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Published on Jul 30, 2015

HEADLINE: EPA probes water well pollution in Pa. gas field
CAPTION: Residents of Pennsylvania's top natural gas-producing town will soon know what may be lurking in their drinking water wells. Federal environmental regulators are investigating claims of contamination in the town of Dimock. (March 5)




[Location - Date:Dimock, Pa 2/13/2012]
[Source:AP]
[VO:EPA collecting water; regulators testing water; Morcom meets EPA official] [VOICE-OVER]
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IN THE HEART OF PENNSYLVANIA'S GAS DRILLING BOOM, FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATORS ARE TESTING THE WATER.
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KEN MORCOM AND HIS GIRLFRIEND LIVE IN THE SMALL VILLAGE OF DIMOCK... GROUND ZERO OF A NATIONAL DEBATE [Notes:File AP photo of gas drilling] OVER GAS DRILLING AND A TECHNIQUE CALLED HYDRAULIC FRACTURING OR FRACKING.
[VO:EPA collecting water; Broll of Morcom] MORCOM SAYS HIS WELL WATER HAS A BAD ODOR AND TASTE. HE WANTS TO KNOW IF GAS DRILLING IS TO BLAME.
[SOT/]
(Ken Morcom/Dimock resident)
"Our concern is our safety. Our dogs and cats stopped drinking the water."
[Location - Date:Dimock, Pa 12/21/2010]
[Source:AP]
[VO:File video: Dimock resident setting water on fire] [VOICE-OVER]
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SOME OF MORCOM'S NEIGHBORS SAY THEIR WATER WELLS WERE CONTAMINATED WITH METHANE, HEAVY METALS AND CHEMICALS [Notes:Location - Date: Dimock, Pa 2/13/2012] [Notes:Close up/Wide shot of Cabot signs] AFTER HOUSTON-BASED CABOT OIL & GAS DRILLED IN THE AREA FOUR YEARS AGO. CABOT DENIES RESPONSIBILITY.
THE STATE SAYS METHANE FROM CABOT'S DRILLING OPERATIONS POLLUTED THE AQUIFER, [Notes:AP file photo: Fracking = death sign] BUT SAYS THERE'S NO EVIDENCE THAT FRACKING CHEMICALS HAVE POISONED ANY WELLS.
[Location - Date:Dimock, Pa 2/13/2012]
[Source:AP]
[VO:EPA collecting water; Kemble starting motor] NOW THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TAKING WATER SAMPLES FROM MORE THAN 60 HOMES IN DIMOCK. FEDERAL REGULATORS SAY THE TEST RESULTS WILL TELL THEM IF THE WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK. WHILE THE EPA DELIVERS WATER TO FOUR HOMES THAT IT SAYS HAVE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL LEVELS OF MANGANESE, SODIUM AND ARSENIC, OTHER RESIDENTS ARE TAKING MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS.
[NATSOT:motor starting up]
[SOURCE:AP]
[Notes:Kemble filling up at hyrdant, Kemble driving truck to deliver water]
TWICE A DAY, SIX DAYS A WEEK, RAY KEMBLE FILLS UP AT THIS HYDRANT IN MONTROSE, ABOUT EIGHT MILES AWAY FROM HIS HOME IN DIMOCK. KEMBLE TAKES THE WATER TO NEIGHBORS WHO ARE TOO AFRAID TO USE THEIR WELLS. THE FINAL STOP IS HIS OWN HOUSE.
[SOT/]
(Ray Kemble/Dimock resident)
"Never had a problem before until Cabot came in across the street and drilled that well across from my house. And they got done fracking it and my well went bad. Right after they got done fracking."
[Location - Date:Dimock, Pa 2/13/2012]
[Source:AP]
[VO:]
[VOICE-OVER]
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BUT CABOT SAYS KEMBLE AND OTHER RESIDENTS WHO HAVE FILED SUIT AGAINST THE COMPANY ARE EXAGGERATING PROBLEMS WITH THE WELLS. THE COMPANY SAYS THE EPA TESTING IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
[Location - Date:Scranton, Pa 2/22/2012] [Source:AP] [VO:Stark walking down hall] ACCORDING TO CABOT SPOKESMAN GEORGE STARK, YEARS WORTH OF TEST DATA PROVE THE WATER MEETS FEDERAL STANDARDS.
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(George Stark/Scranton/Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.) "Cabot does not believe that its operations caused any methane migration. We think it's naturally occurring there. And we're not seeing the issues that the plaintiffs are putting forward that's in their water. We're just not seeing that in their water."
[Location - Date:Dimock, Pa 2/13/2012]
[Source:AP]
[Notes:VO: EPA official walking with water sample] [VOICE-OVER]
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THE EPA TESTS RESULTS COULD BEGIN ARRIVING WITHIN DAYS.


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