ITHACA – Today, controversy is stirring over a decision by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to allow Cabot, a gas drilling company, to end shipments of water to residents of Dimock, PA whose wells it was ruled they contaminated. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WF-125) has visited Dimock twice and met with the families whose water was ruled unsafe for consumption and released the following statement.
“I’ve been to Dimock twice in two years and I’ve gotten to know some of the people on Carter Road, so I am very distressed to hear that they are being abandoned by both Cabot and by the state of Pennsylvania. These gas-drilling companies seem to be expert at evading responsibility, and clearly, states seem to have a very hard time holding these companies to account. The Declaration of Universal Human Rights says that access to clean water is a basic human right, one that has been taken from our neighbors just south of here. It’s a moral outrage and I will continue to work to prevent the terrible situation that the people in Dimock are now experiencing from happening in New Yorkers’ backyards.”