A 2009 federal lawsuit has finally reached a conclusion, with a federal jury finding Cabot Oil & Gas Corp guilty of poisoning water wells and awarding two families in Dimock, Pennsylvania $4.24 million. After deliberation, the jury found that the Dimock families proved that Cabot was negligent when drilling wells near the families’ homes, polluting their water wells and creating a private nuisance. Dimock, Pennsylvania was featured in the 2010 Academy Award nominated documentary Gasland, which examined the effects of oil and gas exploration using a technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
The original lawsuit listed 40 homeowners as plaintiffs, all accusing Cabot of poisoning well water with methane after during the company’s fracking operations. All but two homeowners settled with the company in 2012, but the Ely and Hubert families continued to pursue their case. Their decision to pursue and court victory has put the fracking industry on notice. Cabot has racked up at least 130 violations for their drilling practices in Dimock alone. Their transgressions were so bad that they are no longer allowed to drill withing nine miles of the town.
See the full news article about the verdict here.
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