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Statement By Congressman Carney In Response To Dep Action Against Cabot

Statement

Date: April 15, 2010
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Oil and Gas

Congressman Chris Carney (PA-10) today made the following statement in response to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's order requiring Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to take extensive actions and help the residents of Dimock Township, Susquehanna County, who have been affected by the company's drilling activities.

"I applaud the Department of Environmental Protection's ongoing investigation into Cabot's gas drilling in Susquehanna County. The natural gas boom in northeastern Pennsylvania has provided our region with a tremendous economic opportunity, but one that requires strong oversight by the Pennsylvania DEP.

I have long said that we must err on the side of caution when it comes to how gas drilling affects our drinking water. The DEP's findings of defective gas wells and impacted water supplies in Dimock Township show that Cabot and its subcontractors have much more work to do to improve their drilling operations in our region and instill confidence among residents that their operations don't come at a cost to clean water supply."


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