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Natural Gas Company to Pay Millions for New Water System in Susquehanna County Town

Commonwealth Media Services
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that Coterra Energy Inc., formerly known as Cabot Oil and Gas, has pleaded no contest to charges related to environmental crimes in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As part of the plea Coterra will pay $16.29 million for the construction of a new public water supply in Susquehanna County.

A major natural gas producer is not contesting criminal charges for polluting drinking water supplies in the town of Dimock, PA. The crimes stem from the company’s 2008 drilling operations.

StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the Susquehanna County community became synonymous with anti-fracking campaigns worldwide.

(Original air-date: 12/1/22)

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." Along with her reporting partner Scott Detrow, she won the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. She recently returned from a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.