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Marcellus drilling then was confined mostly to Western Pennsylvania, but Cabot was betting on the 300-foot-thick formation buried a mile beneath Dimock.
Some residents near Cabot wells in Dimock began reporting dramatic changes in their water quality.
"I'm not saying I'm satisfied with the settlement," said Bill Ely, 61, who has signed a nondisclosure agreement and can't talk about details. I'm just glad it's over." Cabot declined to disclose the terms of the settlement, but Dan O.
Dinges, the company's chief executive, told analysts last month that 32 of 36 litigants had signed off.
They exchange snippy comments at the post office and glares at the grocery.
They hold counterdemonstrations to each other's rallies, hoisting glasses of dirty water or clean water, depending upon their point of view. One family who cooperated with the gas company to fix their water supply erected a tarp to block out their neighbors, who had sued the drillers and accused their neighbors of selling out.
All that remains is for the state to lift its ban on drilling new wells in Dimock.
Residents here who support gas drilling - and there are many - complain that the state's 28-month moratorium hurt them rather than Cabot, which simply moved its drill rigs into surrounding areas and continued exploration.
"One of the things I've learned in the shale wars, there are people and interests that profit from conflict," said Hanger.
She formed a group called Dimock Proud to counter the image of their town as a wasteland.
is focused on Dimock and Pennsylvania, which filmmaker Josh Fox portrayed as unprepared for the scale of the Marcellus Shale boom.
He favors gas development, and expresses his sentiments on a sign nailed to his house on the main highway through Dimock: "Drill baby drill." "You got neighbors against neighbors, towns against towns," said Raymond D.
Kemble, a mechanic who is one of the residents who sued the Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
- More than three years after residents in this Susquehanna County town complained that Marcellus Shale natural gas development polluted their private water wells, the lawsuits are getting settled, the activists are going away, and gas drilling is set to resume.