Two cases in Pennsylvania are attempting to expose the cost of fracking on humans.
The first case, Dimock against Cabot Oil & Gas Corp, originally consisted of 44 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the company. Now most of them have settled with the company, but two couples – Scott Ely and Monica Marta-Ely, and Ray and Victoria Hubert – have remained.
The two couples are suing the oil company for contaminating the water supply near their homes. Other residents nearby have complained of coffee-colored water as well as minor health problems such as headaches and nausea.
According to state law, a “gas driller is responsible for water well contamination within 1,000 feet of a drilling site that developed within six months of drilling.” Cabot Oil will have to present evidence proving that the drinking water is safe to drink.
The second case involved Maple Syrup farmers in Susquehanna country who are fighting against their maple grover being seized to make way for a new fracking pipeline, Constitution Pipeline.
Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave them notice that their trees will start to be cut down. According to Holleran family, who is mainly being affected by the seizure, their property was seized via eminent domain with no permission or compensation given.
The New York portion of the pipeline has been blocked due to efforts of environmental groups and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, but the family’s grove is still under attack.
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