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Driller Says No Threat In 'Gasland' Town

Matt Rourke
AP, file
In this Sept. 20, 2012, file photo, Ray Kemble, of Dimock, Pa., holds holds a jug on his head while demonstrating with protesters against hydraulic fracturing outside a Marcellus shale industry conference in Philadelphia.

A gas driller says the water in a northeastern Pennsylvania village does not pose a threat to "human health and the environment."

Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. released a statement Thursday after learning that government scientists are collecting water samples from about 25 homes in Dimock, where some residents continue to blame the driller for contaminating their drinking water.

Government scientists collected water samples this week from about 25 homes in Dimock, a tiny crossroads about 150 miles north of Philadelphia.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry said it is testing the water for bacteria, gases and chemicals.

Dimock became ground zero in the national debate over the safety of fracking. The town was featured in the Emmy-winning 2010 documentary "Gasland."

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