Western PA Couple Says Water Poisoned by Gas Drilling

  • Susan Phillips

Cambria County homeowners Chester and Edith Slesinger have filed a lawsuit against the Pittsburgh based T&F Exploration L.P. The story appeared today in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. The Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh is representing the Slesingers.
The Slesingers’ problems began in December 2009, after a well was drilled more than 2500 feet from their property. The Tribune-Democrat reported last year that the well had not yet been fracked when Slesinger’s granddaughter complained of salty-tasting water. In addition to total dissolved solids, the water also tested high for barium and chloride. A report from the Department of Environmental Protection concluded that the contamination was not caused by gas drilling.
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