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Attorney General Josh Shapiro briefs hundreds of concerned Pennsylvanians about fracking report’s findings

PennEnvironment-hosted webinar shows broad concern from public about fracking, need for increased enforcement
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Attorney General Josh Shapiro briefs attendees on his Grand Jury Report 
 
[Philadelphia, PA] -- More than 375 concerned Pennsylvanians joined PennEnvironment and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro for a webinar to get an inside view of how the Attorney General’s office developed its recent Grand Jury report on fracking and released its recommendations. The report, released June 25th by Attorney General Shapiro’s office, shows how the fracking industry has run roughshod over Pennsylvania’s health and environment, and highlighted examples of  regulators and other state leaders turning a blind eye to complaints and concerns raised by affected residents. 

“Attorney General Shapiro’s report bolstered what PennEnvironment, affected Pennsylvanians, and environmental advocates have been saying for more than a decade: that fracking is dangerous, and frackers have been allowed to strong arm, cajole, and mislead unsuspecting Pennsylvanians while they extract profits and evade responsibility,” noted PennEnvironment’s Executive Director, David Masur. “It’s time for state officials to redouble their effort to protect Pennsylvanians from fracking, and make sure it doesn’t pay to pollute.” 

“Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution is clear: We are guaranteed the right to clean air and pure water,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “A core responsibility of my office is to hold the powerful accountable to the rule of law in order to protect everyday Pennsylvanians. When companies in Pennsylvania break these laws, when government agencies don’t act on behalf of the citizens they are sworn to protect, they infringe upon our rights.”

NOTE: A recording of the webinar is available by request-- please email Kelly Flanigan to receive a copy: kelly@pennenvironment.org or review the video on facebook.com/pennenvironment. To interview the Attorney General or PennEnvironment’s Executive Director about this event, email David Masur (davidmasur@pennenvironment.org).

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PennEnvironment is a statewide non-profit environmental advocacy group dedicated to protecting our water, air and open spaces. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public and decision-makers, and help the public make their voices heard in local, state and national debates over the quality of our environment and our lives. To learn more about this or PennEnvironment’s other priorities, visit our website at www.PennEnvironment.org.