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Judge allows driller to halt water deliveries to families in Dimock, Pa., with tainted wells
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) ' Families in a northeastern Pennsylvania village with tainted water wells will have to procure their own freshwater for the first time in nearly three years, because a judge has refused to force a natural gas driller to continue paying for daily deliveries.
Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. plans to end delivery of bulk and bottled water to 11 families in Dimock (DIH'-muhk) on Wednesday. Cabot asserts Dimock's water is safe to drink and won permission from state environmental regulators last month to stop paying for freshwater for the residents.
Attorneys for residents who are suing Cabot in federal court asked a judge on the state's Environmental Hearing Board to reverse regulators' decision. On Wednesday, the judge sided with Cabot and the Department of Environmental Protection.