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EPA says water in Dimock, Pa., is safe

By Bob Downing Published: March 16, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday reported that the water in 11 wells in Dimock, Pa., is safe.

The new tests begun earlier this year found sodium, methane, chromium and bacteria but at levels "within the safe range," the agency said.

Two wells had elevated levels of arsenic and the EPA will test those wells again.

The news disappointed local residents and health-environmental groups who want the federal government to intervene in the dispute with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

The residents have been fighting over water quality for several years since drilling into the Marcellus shale got under way.

The company said it was pleased that the water in the village in northeast Pennsylvania was deemed safe by the EPA.

Resident Craig Sautner was unhappy with the decision. "If they say it's safe, I want them to come drink water from my well," he told Business Week magazine.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.