A 30-month investigation by investigative news reporters at Public Herald found that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Pennsylvania has been routinely covering up
hundreds of complaints about contamination of drinking water, by cooking the complaints and shredding documents.
Another Public Herald
investigation shows that two public drinking water systems have been impacted and at least seven private drinking water supplies contaminated due to ongoing pollution being caused by a
natural gas fracking operation of JKLM Energy in Potter County, Pennsylvania.
An open letter from the Physicians for Social Responsibility to
Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania in October 2015 states: “Fracking threatens drinking water. Cases of drinking water contaminated by drilling activities, as well as waste disposal, are now proven. These
include research studies conducted in Pennsylvania addressing the pathways of contamination and hundreds of documented drinking water contamination cases.”
You can also read the full PSR report, which is an excellent
compendium of the increasing amount of research into the health and environmental effects of fracking (and we challenge anyone to read this report in its entirety and conclude that there’s nothing to
be concerned about in this country).