DIMOCK, Pa. -- Months of contentious debate. Ruined water wells. National attention. And a lawsuit.

Just when it looked like the natural gas-drilling divide among residents in Dimock Township couldn't get any worse, it did.

A proposed $11.8 million plan to construct a 12.5-mile water pipeline from Montrose to 14 homes in the Carter Road area of Dimock has further split the already divided region.

On one side are the affected homeowners vigorously defending their right to clean water; on the other are some area businesses and residents balking at the hefty price tag.

"It has pitted neighbor against neighbor," said Ron Carter, the namesake of Carter Road who joined the lawsuit against Cabot Oil & Gas after his water well became contaminated with methane. "I hate to see it, but that's what it has done."

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