A 10-person jury in court on Thursday handed down a $4.2 million verdict—and vindication—to two Pennsylvania families who refused to settle in a case pitting homeowners in the village of Dimock against a Houston-based fossil fuels company.After a two-week trial at the U.S. District Court in Scranton, the federal jury found that Cabot Oil \u0026amp; Gas Corp., one of the largest natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania, had polluted the families\u0026#039; well water.As Common Dreams reported last month, neighbors Scott Ely and his wife, Monica Marta-Ely, and Ray and Victoria Hubert were the only remaining litigants in a lawsuit that began in 2009 with more than 40 plaintiffs—most of whom settled in 2012.According to news outlets, the\u0026nbsp;Elys were awarded $2.6 million and their three children $50,000 each. The Huberts were awarded $1.4 million, with\u0026nbsp;another family member awarded $50,000.The verdict drew praise from anti-fracking activists including filmmaker Josh Fox, who featured Dimock\u0026#039;s brown, odorous, and flammable water in his documentary Gasland and told Greenwire that he was \u0022overjoyed\u0022 by the news.\u0022People say this was like David and Goliath,\u0022 he said. \u0022Well, we just got a reminder of how that story ends.\u0022AMAZING! JUSTICE IS DONE! CABOT GAS GOES DOWN TO ONE FAMILY THAT REFUSED TO QUIT! PRECEDENT! HUGE FRACKING NEWS!https://t.co/zxMJvYjMih— Josh Fox (@joshfoxfilm) March 10, 2016Still, the problem with fracking is much bigger than two families or one small town, said anti-fracking advocate and biologist Sandra Steingraber, science advisor for Americans Against Fracking.\u0022$4.2 million will not bring back drinkable well water to the long-suffering families of Dimock, Pennsylvania,\u0022 she told EcoWatch.\u0022No amount of money can do that,\u0022 Steingraber said. \u0022Once groundwater is polluted, it\u0026#039;s polluted forevermore. But what this important jury decision does do is strip away the mirage of omnipotence that Cabot and other gas companies operate behind. Fracking poisons water. That\u0026#039;s what the science shows. The frackers will be held responsible. That\u0026#039;s what this court decision shows.\u0022Cabot Oil \u0026amp; Gas said Thursday it would appeal the ruling, accusing the jury of ignoring \u0022overwhelming scientific and factual evidence that Cabot acted as a prudent operator in conducting its operations.\u0022But as EcoWatch reported, an NPR\u0026nbsp;StateImpact\u0026nbsp;report prior to the trial revealed that Cabot Oil \u0026amp; Gas had already accumulated more than\u0026nbsp;130 drilling violations at its Dimock wells, yet\u0026nbsp;insisted that methane migration in Dimock\u0026#039;s water is naturally occurring.\u0026nbsp;The company is currently banned from drilling\u0026nbsp;in a 9-mile area of Dimock but is trying to lift the ban.