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Shalefield Stories

Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones. We believe it is vital for the public to hear directly from people living on the frontlines of fracking, and so Environment America Research & Policy Center is supporting the Shalefield Stories project—a booklet designed and published by Friends of the Harmed, group of volunteer citizen-journalists committed to providing support to affected individuals and families living in the shalefields of Western Pa.   

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Shalefield Stories: Residents on the Frontlines of Fracking Tell their story to the country

A newly released booklet, compiled by the citizen’s group Friends of the Harmed, is being released nationwide to make the case why fracking should not be expanded into other states.  The booklet, which PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center is helping to present, recounts stories of families living with illness, water contamination and damage to their livelihood—even as the current administration advocates to carry-on, full steam ahead, with fracking.

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PennEnvironment Statement on Supreme Court Act 13 Fracking Decision Erika Staaf, PennEnvironment Clean Water Advocate

PennEnvironment applauds today’s decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that overturned sections of Act 13, Pennsylvania’s controversial gas drilling law, known as Act 13.

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Legal experts support PA Attorney General's action against XTO Energy

While legal spectators expected the criminal charges brought against XTO Energy to be met with disdain, the company’s ability to play the victim caught many by surprise. It’s not every day that a subsidiary of the largest company on the planet, ExxonMobil, gets to argue that they’re the David in a legal David vs. Goaliath battle.  

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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.

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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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