Residents of the tiny rural town of Dimock, Pennsylvania, have locked horns with Cabot Oil & Gas since 2008, shortly after the company began leasing land in the northeastern part of the state and extracting natural gas.
Forty families sued Texas-based Cabot, whose operations they said contaminated their drinking water with methane. “Gasland” documented the resident’s claims with scenes of water being lit aflame while flowing out of taps. All but two families settled in 2012; and in March 2016, a federal jury awarded the pair that pushed on a whopping $4.2 million.
Now a federal judge has thrown out the verdict, saying evidence that Cabot contaminated local water wells is tenuous.