Pa. officials fine Texas drilling firm

The Associated Press

DIMOCK — State regulators are fining a Houston-based company because its natural-gas drilling operations polluted residents’ water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Department of Environmental Protection officials said Wednesday that Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. is paying $120,000 in connection with its finding that gas seeped underground into 13 water wells in Susquehanna County.

Cabot has drilled numerous gas wells into the Marcellus Shale rock formation in the rural county, about 15 miles south of the New York State border.

On Jan. 1, a water well exploded at a home nearby Cabot’s operations, prompting an investigation.

The department says its approval of Cabot’s well casing and cementing plans is now required before Cabot can drill.

It also says Cabot must develop a plan to permanently restore or replace the affected water supplies.

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