Unreported Complaints about Fracking Water Contamination in PA, note MD

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Fracking well pads are six-acre plus industrial zones that concentrate many gas wells on one location. Photo Credit: Baltimore Fishbowl

Article courtesy of Lauren Peltier | January 28, 2016 | Baltimore Fishbowl | Shared as educational material

Despite unreported complaints, limited records, and little to no data, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) published a study that concluded that “fracking has had no widespread impact on drinking water.” Maryland is set to welcome fracking interests. But, at least in Pennsylvania, the conclusion about drinking water was based on a record discrepancy by Pennsylvania’s Department of the Environment. A non-profit, Public Herald, uncovered 2,309 previously unreported fracking complaints and put 1,275 of those complaints from 17 out of 40 counties into a public database. Yet Pennsylvania’s official count for water contamination based on complaints is 271 for all 40 counties. Fracking is regulated at the state level, and, at least in Pennsylvania, water users complaining about drinking water quality were encouraged to enter private agreements directly with the gas drilling industry. Joshua Pribanic, Public Herald’s Editor-in-Chief, stated, “The true extent of water contamination has been concealed.” Read more here: http://bit.ly/2jixCsv

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