Driller files $5M suit against 'Gasland' resident, lawyers

Written by By MICHAEL RUBINKAM,/The AssocIated Press | Aug 8, 2017 4:54 PM

Ray Kemble of Dimock, displays a jug of what he identifies as his contaminated well water in this August 2013 file photo. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A gas driller that was targeted with allegations that it polluted residential water wells in Pennsylvania has filed a $5 million lawsuit against two law firms and a Pennsylvania resident, asserting they tried to extort the company through a frivolous lawsuit.

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. says Dimock resident Ray Kemble and his lawyers sought to harass and extort the Houston-based driller, attract media attention and ``poison'' the community.

Their federal suit against Cabot was withdrawn two months after it was filed.

Dimock is the small village that became a battleground in the national debate over drilling and fracking after residents accused Cabot of polluting the water nearly a decade ago.

The town was featured in the Emmy-winning 2010 documentary ``Gasland.''

Kemble and his lawyers didn't immediately return messages Tuesday.

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