Blow To Anti-fracking Movement
The lawyer representing two families suing an oil and gas company has again admitted that the water was not affected or polluted by fracking fluids.
Leslie Lewis was forced to admit the water was not toxic as part of an appeal to the judge to stop opposing lawyers reading the full text of a letter from the EPA saying it was safe to drink.
“Objection your honor with respect to reading every detail of this letter....we conceded that there is no toxic content of the water that has been tested out,” she said to Judge Martin Carlson.
The Ely and Hubert families in Dimock, Pennsylvania have been part of an international movement against fracking and had claimed their water was polluted with chemicals. However, in the court case they admitted the water is not toxic but claim it has increased methane and was made “undrinkable.”
In her opening statement (previously reported by the FrackNation Facebook page), Ms. Lewis also was forced to admit that fracking fluid had not affected the water.
“This is not a case — this is not a case about toxic materials ending up in the water,” she told the jury.
“We do not have proof of that. We don't have proof of that. This is not about fracking fluid appearing in the water. Hydraulic fracturing materials, we don't have proof of that,” Ms. Lewis added.
Dimock has been characterized as “Ground Zero” for fracking contamination of water. It has featured in the documentaries Gasland 1 & 2 and has been the subject of national and international news reports.
However, Pennsylvania DEP and Federal EPA scientists have all failed to find contaminants in the water despite vigorous, multi-year testing.
These admissions by the plaintiffs have undermined the arguments used and advanced by national and international anti-fracking activists. The case continues.