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New report card gives governor “F” for environmental record

Gov. Corbett received an “F” on an environmental report card released today by the statewide environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment. 

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Fracking by the Numbers: New Report from PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center Quantifies Damage Done by Gas Drilling

As Pennsylvania weighs the introduction of new legislation to press “pause” on new fracking in the state, a new report charges that gas development around the U.S. has already created 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater – enough to cover the city of Philadelphia with over 9 feet of toxic waste water. The PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center report "Fracking by the Numbers" reassesses the footprint of fracking in Pennsylvania and around the country to date.

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Fracking by the Numbers

Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States.

As fracking expands rapidly across the country, there are a growing number of documented cases of drinking water contamination and illness among nearby residents. Yet it has often been difficult for the public to grasp the scale and scope of these and other fracking threats. Fracking is already underway in 17 states, with more than 80,000 wells drilled or permitted since 2005. Moreover, the oil and gas industry is aggressively seeking to expand fracking to new states—from New York to California to North Carolina—and to areas that provide drinking water to millions of Americans.

This report seeks to quantify some of the key impacts of fracking to date—including the production of toxic wastewater, water use, chemicals use, air pollution, land damage and global warming emissions.

Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

The Spreading Shadow of the Shale Gas Boom

Using “fracking,” gas companies are drilling near our communities, polluting our air and water and risking the health of our children and other vulnerable populations.

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Grassroots Efforts Working to Fight Fracking in Allegheny Park

"We escape there to experience nature, to show our kids the gems of our community, to hike and run and bike and recreate, and we cannot put tis at risk," said Erica Stafford,  of Penn Environment.

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PennEnvironment Praises Rep. Cartwright’s CLEANER Bill as Critical Step to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic Fracking Waste

Amid mounting evidence that fracking waste is threatening drinking water, Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced a bill to eliminate the longstanding loophole that exempts oil and gas waste from our nation’s hazardous waste law.

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Environmental Group: Raise Bonds For Drilling

Pennsylvania regulations requiring bonding or insurance from gas and oil drillers fall short in protecting taxpayers and citizens from potential damages, a state environmental group said Tuesday.

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Environmental Group: Raise Bonds For Drilling

Pennsylvania regulations requiring bonding or insurance from gas and oil drillers fall short in protecting taxpayers and citizens from potential damages, a state environmental group said Tuesday.

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Drill And Ditch? Report Outlines State's Shortcomings to Protect Oil, Gas Leaseholders

In the event of fracking or drilling damages, Pennsylvanians and their communities may not be adequately covered financially when -- or if --  the bill comes, a new report says.

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