According to court documents filed this week, residents in Dimock Township have agreed to a settlement with Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
Although the Houston-based company settled with the residents, they deny any wrongdoing. The details of the settlement are confidential.
Dimock residents claimed in 2009 that Cabot polluted their water supply with methane gas and toxic chemicals. Some residents claimed they became violently ill.
Since then they have been fighting Cabot in a highly contentious federal lawsuit.
The water in Dimock, according to federal environmental regulators, is safe to drink. The regulators tested the aquifer this year.
But residents refuse to use their wells and strongly dispute the conclusion.
It was previously determined by State environmental regulators that Cabot contaminated the aquifer underneath homes along Carter Road in Dimock with explosive levels of methane. The company was forced to pay for daily deliveries of bulk and bottled water. In November of 2011, regulators determined the company met its obligations under a consent agreement and allowed Cabot to stop the deliveries.
Cabot’s lawyers approached the plaintiffs in May and June with offers to settle. The settlement money is expected to be distributed within 60 days.
Because of the settlement’s confidentiality, the names of the settling plaintiffs were blacked out.
Cabot is one of the most successful drillers in the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.