Times Leader
Elizabeth Baumeister

From the Times Leader:

Speakers at a ceremony announcing the organization included Barbara Arrindell, director, Damascus Citizens; Deb Bronn, RN, director, Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare; Zoe Cina-Sklar, campaign organizer, PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center; and Dr. April Niver, economic development coordinator for U.S. Rep Matt Cartwright.

Cina-Sklar explained the report, titled “Dangerous and Close,” uses data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and other state agencies to “demonstrate the proximity of fracking operations and associated infrastructure to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations: children, the elderly and the sick.”

“Pennsylvania’s children shouldn’t live, learn and play in the shadow of dangerous fracking,” she said. “We must take basic steps to protect our kids and other vulnerable populations from the health impacts of fracking and advocate on their behalf, in a political system that often favors fracking companies over the health of ordinary Pennsylvanians.”