One of the families, Craig and Julie Sauntner, had good, clean drinking water until they leased their land to Cabot for drilling in 2008. Weeks after, their water turned a murky brown; their son Cody developed sores on his legs and their Kelley daughter had to lay down after showering for fear of passing out. For three years the Saunters have lived like prisoners in their own home, frightened about the health effects of contamination, unable to move because their property’s value has plummeted to almost nothing. But they were at least able to survive with regular water deliveries.
Now Kelley Sautner doesn’t know what she’ll do if she has to start drinking her tap water again. “I don’t want to do that because I want to have babies one day, I want to be healthy. I don’t want to have contaminants in my body that shouldn’t be there.”
Here are important ways you can help the fracking victims in Dimock:
1. Help us bring water to the fracking victims in Dimock by making a donation here.On December 6th, we will do the work of Cabot Oil & Gas and the Pennsylvania DEP for them. Residents of New York and Pennsylvania will deliver their own clean water to the affected families in Dimock. There will be a bus from NYC, and carpools from other locations. If you can join us, please sign up here.
2. Sign our petition to the PA Inspector General and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson here.
3. Come with us to deliver clean water to families in Dimock! Sign up here.
We’ll be collecting water donations at the Brooklyn Commons in New York City on December 3rd – 5th from 10-6 each day to take down to Dimock with us. Drop off address: 388 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217. Phone number: 347-689-3908.
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