For Immediate Release
Today, Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a special grand jury report into the historical harms inflicted by the fracking industry on the health and well-being of the people of Pennsylvania.
Relying on personal accounts from impacted households, the report documents systemic problems over the past 16 years, and points to serious failures of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to rein in the fossil fuel industry.
In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:
“This grand jury report sheds a stark light on the horrors of fracking, but these are things we have known for over a decade. The real issue is the abject failure of Pennsylvania officials and lawmakers to protect clean water and public health. That failure cannot be corrected by new half-measure regulations that attempt to improve a lawless and reckless industry. Hundreds of studies and years of evidence make it clear: There is no way to make fracking safe. Pennsylvanians have paid with their health, and in some cases their very lives. This must stop. Governor Wolf must immediately suspend all fracking permits, and move to ban fracking permanently.”
Food & Water Action was the first national organization in America to call for a ban on fracking everywhere, and the group has been working throughout the state of Pennsylvania for more than a decade to protect the environment and health of all residents by advocating for a statewide ban on fracking, as well as municipal restrictions that would restrict it locally in dozens of communities.