Unfortunately, Dimock, PA, is not the only area with an undeserved reputation. Pavillion, Wyoming, is also suffering similar image abuse. Below is an excerpt from the Casper Star-Tribune written by Jeremy Fugleberg:
CASPER, Wyo. — Jon Martin’s letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is worn and folded in thirds, its words underlined with a pink highlighter past its prime.
The letter, water well testing results, should be Martin’s ticket to retirement — proof his water is fine and his land and home east of Pavillion worth selling.
Yet potential buyer after potential buyer has turned away because of the town’s reputation, now stained with international perceptions of polluted water and environmental conflict.
“Everybody who walked in my door would say, ‘Tell me about your water,’” Martin said. “I would let them read that EPA letter, but it didn’t seem to make any difference because of the perception that’s out there, that the water in Pavillion is bad. Period.
“That’s the perception, but it’s not the truth.”
The town and surrounding area in west-central Wyoming, home to only a few hundred people, has found itself the center of global attention after several residents living in a natural gas field outside the town said they feared nearby gas wells had ruined their well water.
The area is now stuck with a reputation for water gone bad because of energy development. That reputation has driven away both customers and land buyers, hindered loan financing and driven a wedge between neighbors.
While those with concerns continue their quest to find out why their water is bad, some of their neighbors are fed up with the negative publicity and the damage done.
“We were quiet too long,” said Martin, sitting at neighbor Steve Hugus’ table. “We just thought the story would go away. And it didn’t.”Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/some-pavillion-residents-rue-being-caught-in-fracking-controversy/article_76a5d57f-6c92-566a-9d08-3f0546fdda6c.html#ixzz1noqloPIx