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HEALTH CONSULTATION – Dimock Groundwater Site

A man burning tap water in a kitchen sink

Methane loaden tap water is combustible. (Photo taken from Josh Fox’ documentary GASLAND.)

Based on groundwater samples taken in Dimock, PA, during a completion (i. e. fracking) moratorium in 2012, which contained a plethora of health affecting chemicals, the ATSDR comes to the conclusion that consumption of that water might or does pose a significant risk for human health and that in some instances, due to its methane load, use of that water might lead to explosions.
Effects of mitigation measures taken (e. g. water treatment) are unsufficient. Dimock residents’ current exposures to chemicals in their well water remain unclear. Ultimately, due to a lack of data, it is not clear whether a resident is consuming treated or untreated groundwater or whether treatment was successful or remains effective.

Bibliography:
Tina Forrester, Lora Siegmann Werner, Robert H. Helverson, Karl V. Markiewic
HEALTH CONSULTATION – Dimock Groundwater Site, Carter Road and State Route 3023, Dimock, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Division of Community Health Investigations, Eastern Branch, May 23, 2016

See also:
Laura Legere, Federal health review calls compounds in Dimock water a concern. Pittsburgh Post Gazette, May 25, 2016

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