Fracking is leaving a trail of pollution across Pennsylvania

The faster the fracking industry grows, the bigger the swath of destruction it leaves across Pennsylvania.

Already, fracking has contaminated drinking water supplies with benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and other dangerous contaminants; dumped under-treated wastewater in rivers and streams from the Monongahela to Neshaminy Creek; clear-cut our state forestland to make way for gas wells; and are crisscrossing the state with dangerous gas pipelines.

 At risk: The health of our environment and communities

Countless Pennsylvanians living close to fracking wells have seen their lives turn upside down. Families living in the shadow of fracking face explosions mere feet from their doorsteps, polluted tap water that is unsafe to drink, toxic fumes in the air they breathe, and more:

  • Pat Farnelli and her kids suffered excruciating stomach pain whenever they drank tap water. Despite industry denials, the DEP concluded that nearby drilling had contaminated 19 water wells in Pat’s town.
  • Health experts are finding increased air pollution near drilling sites, and residents living near gas operations have consistently experienced dizziness and nosebleeds.
  • Dimock resident Norma Fiorentino’s personal water well exploded in her front yard. State investigators found that Cabot’s nearby drilling had caused the well to fill up with combustible methane gas.
  • June Chapel feared for her safety and was forced to stay indoors when the toxic wastewater pit in her backyard caught on fire.
  • The Johnson family was forced to quarantine 28 head of cattle on their farm after they came in contact with toxic frack drilling fluid.
  • Watch our Marcellus Shale Stories video series to learn more about how fracking impacts the lives of Pennsylvanians.

These stories only scratch the surface. It all adds up to one simple, powerful message: fracking is dangerous to our environment and to Pennsylvanians like you and me. And fracking companies are either unwilling or unable to drill safely.

Gas companies have friends in high places

What are our leaders in Harrisburg and Washington DC doing while the frackers  run amok? At best, they’re turning a blind eye. At worst, they’re working with lobbyists for the fracking industry to loosen up the rules even more.

The fracking industry and their lobbyists have spent $59 million lobbying Pennsylvania officials and are pushing to undo policies meant to protect public health and our environment.  We need your help to stop this from happening.

With our activism and advocacy, we must stop the dangers of fracking

With your help, we’re working to make Pennsylvania frack-free and ban dangerous fracking.

And we’re in this fight for the long haul. With your help, we’re building the vocal public outcry that’s needed to stop fracking — a voice that will be too loud for the lobbyists to drown out, and too loud for our legislators to ignore. And our strategy starts at the grassroots:

  • We’re educating hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians each year about the threats of fracking .
  • We hold citizen trainings across Pennsylvania to teach concerned residents the skills they need to get in the fight to stop fracking.
  • Our staff release research exposing the damage the fracking industry has already caused.
  • We’re engaging tens of thousands of concerned Pennsylvanians to hold our elected officials’ feet to the fire so they know that the public won’t rest until Pennsylvania is frack-free.


 


Fracking Updates

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Statement: Allegheny County receives another failing grade for air pollution

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Statement: PennEnvironment applauds Senators’ intervening in fracking lawsuit to protect Delaware River

Pennsylvania state senators from across the Delaware River Basin came together today to announce their motion to intervene in “Yaw v. DRBC”, the historic case around protecting the watershed from the negative environmental and health effects of fracking. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regional multi-state agency charged with preserving the Delaware River watershed, recently cast a historic vote today to ban fracking within the Delaware River Basin. Today’s intervening and DRBC’s vote comes after a multi-year public input process.

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Statement: Vote to protect Delaware River from fracking is historic

PHILADELPHIA – The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), a regional multi-state agency charged with preserving the Delaware River watershed, cast a historic vote today to ban fracking within the Delaware River Basin. This action comes after a multi-year public input process. Patrick McDonnell, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, voted on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf to approve this proposal.

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PennEnvironment Response to DRBC approval of new LNG plant

Today, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) gave final approval to a new liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Gibbstown, New Jersey, with a 4-0 vote. Despite widespread opposition in the region and across Pennsylvania, governors from DE, NJ, PA, and a representative of the U.S. government, Army Corp. of Engineers Lt. Colonel Park, all voted in favor, with the U.S. motioning to adopt the approving resolution and Pennsylvania seconding the motion to bring it to a vote. NY abstained from the vote, citing concerns about water contamination, safety, and the looming climate crisis.

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