Celebs and Officials Collect Emergency Water for Hydro-Fracking Victims in Pennsylvania


Fox, whom Bloomberg News called the "Paul Revere of fracking," decided to direct the documentary "Gasland" after receiving an offer from a natural gas company in 2008 to lease his family's land in Milanville, Pa., for $100,000. Fox was inspired to travel to more than 20 U.S. states -- not to mention Australia, Africa and the U.K. -- to interview people about the effects of fracking. He's now working on a sequel, which will be released in June 2012.

When asked why the PDEP allowed Cabot to stop delivering clean water to the families in Dimock, Fox said, "There's a very simple answer to that: corruption, incompetence or both. This is no way, shape or form a scientific decision. There is absolutely no basis in science or fact. It is purely political. It is unconstitutional. Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution states that Pennsylvania citizens have a right to clean air and clean water."

Article I, section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution states that, "The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."

But PDEP officials say their actions are not unconstitutional, and that Cabot satisfied the requirements outlined in their agreement before they stopped providing water to the 11 families.

But Fox doesn't buy it.

"The DEP tests showed that the water was contaminated by gas drilling," said Fox, referring to the PDEP's findings earlier this year that Cabot was at fault for oil and contamination. "And there has been no evidence to support that there has been any change.

"Does the inspector general of Pennsylvania need to look into this? Absolutely," Fox said. "The state has been bought off."

Fox, who is a Pennsylvania native, calls fracking an "epidemic," one that is trying to spread to New York state.

New York City councilman James Gennaro, head of the Environmental Protection Committee, said, "This would be a disaster in New York state. It would be a tragedy in New York state if small water supplies became fouled and people had to start hauling water. We're doing everything in our power to keep that from happening."

"It's important to help our neighbors. That's what's going to happen today. But this should certainly be illustrative of what we don't want to have happen here," Gennaro added.

Dimock resident Craig Sautner, who can light his tap water on fire, has been calling the PDEP everyday, asking for clean water. He says he was told he'd be arrested if he called one more time.

"Once the damage is done, it's done. It's irreparable," Sautner said. "The people are so desperate in Dimock that they have resorted to pulling water out of their creeks and ponds to put through their house for water. That's not right. We should not have to be doing that. The DEP says the water is fine in Dimock … let's see them drink it."

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