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Hold your breath for the Judy family

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By Nadia Steinzor

August 12, 2014

What does it mean to be 'surrounded' by the fracking industry and oil and gas development? Is it a few wells in your neighborhood? A compressor station in your town?

For Pam Judy and her family in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania it's all that and more.

The Judy family’s home is 0.21 miles away from the closest well and 0.16 miles away from the Cumberland/Henderson compressor station. Within one mile of their home there are 16 unconventional and 21 conventional wells.

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection, air emissions, pam judy, blackout


Shedding light on a gas patch blackout

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By Nadia Steinzor

August 7, 2014

When a friend recently asked me how work was going, I told him about an investigative research project that Earthworks was finishing up. He responded with a quote by writer Kurt Vonnegut: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do the maintenance.”

That about sums up the central conclusion of our new report, Blackout in the Gas Patch: How Pennsylvania Residents are Left in the Dark on Health and Enforcement—that as Pennsylvania’s government rushes to expand fracking, it is failing to protect air, water, and health. In other words, the state is more than willing to build the gas and oil industry, but is far less interested in making sure it functions well.

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Tagged with: fracking, public health, pennsylvania, enforcement, pennsylvania department of environmental protection


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