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Trailer Talk's Frack Talk: What Happens When Gas Drillers Ruin Your Home and Water? You Fight Back.

Julie and Craig Sautner of Dimock, Pennsylvania who live on Carter Road and are among one of 14 families there that have lost their water.

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And by the time I got home it was done -- it was already done -- and we were out of water. They purged my well and we had no water. So now, they had to come up with a plan to do something, so they put a roll-back truck in the driveway with a water buffalo on the back of it to give us water for the day.

JS: And this is the first time we had a buffalo. And then it became winter and the buffalo was going to freeze because it was sitting outside, so they decided to put in a filtration system.

CS: But not the one that she picked out.

JS: No. They put their own filtration system in, and it was basically a carbon filter, and it filtered the water -- took the color out of the water.

CS: But that's all. See, we were the lucky ones. We were the lucky ones. We could tell we had a problem just by the color of the water. What about the poor kids that were still drinking the water that didn't know they had bad wells, and that were throwing up, and diarrhea, and sores on their mouth and everything like that, and couldn't figure out for the life of them what was wrong with them? They had no idea what was wrong with them. They had clear water. But the wells were contaminated.

So, we were fortunate in that sense, you know. And it was just a system they put in the house, and it was an add-on system. The more problems, the more they added on to it.

JS: The more it wasn't cleaning the water, the more they added on to it. So, we have a big science lab down in our basement right now.

SA: And so, this science lab ... so, is it the gas company that's coming? What's happening at this point? What's their involvement been, and what kind of recourse have you had?

CS: They were the ones that picked out the system that we should get; had it installed; they paid for it all. And really, what it was, they were just trying something out. We were like guinea pigs.

JS: Yeah. Covering up the problem, basically, I would say.

CS: Yeah, that's all they were doing. It's like putting a band-aid on something, just masking the problem, and that's what they did -- they put the system in our house, and we used that system for almost a year with that water going through there. Okay -- it might have cleared the water up -- what about all the other contaminants? How do you know what even to test for, because you don't know what chemicals they're using to frack? How do you know what to test for if they don't have to disclose it?

So, we used that system for almost a year, and there's a carbon filter down there; that would go bad within three months. That's how much stuff is in our water.

JS: And not only that -- not only was our water dirty -- we also had methane in our water, so they also added a methane remover down in the basement to try to remove the methane, which was not working as well. So, to make a long story short, the DEP took the system offline, and the wells ...

CS: At the end of October.

JS: ... decided to bring another water buffalo in for the second time for us, and we're still living out of a buffalo in our garage.

 
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