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April 1, 2013
All morning, the news elicited gasps as it circulated around listservs: the safety and applications of fracking fluid will be tested by being used in a high school swimming pool. Just as my mouth was gaping wide, I remembered it’s April 1—but along with relief that this was a joke came the realization that it was possible to believe, just for a minute, that it might not be.
March 19, 2013
Joint statement by Berks Gas Truth, Karen Feridun, Founder; Clean Water Action, Steve Hvozdovich, Marcellus Shale Policy Associate; Cross County Citizens Clean Air Coalition, Rebecca Roter, Coordinator; Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director; Earthworks’ OGAP, Nadia Steinzor, Eastern Program Coordinator; Lehigh Valley Gas Truth, Julie Edgar, Organizer; Mountain Watershed Association, Beverly Braverman, Executive Director; PennEnvironment, Erika Staaf, Clean Water Advocate; Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, Jenny Lisak, Co-director; Protecting Our Waters, Iris Marie Bloom, Director; Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter, Thomas Au, Conservation Chair.
As spring approaches, Pennsylvania residents still don’t have answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to specific questions about how their water quality and health might be impacted by natural gas development—questions that were first raised last fall and posed again over the winter (and which have been ignored over many years of gas development). Instead, DEP Secretary Krancer persists in making general statements and attacking the messenger, in this case environmental and citizens organizations seeking information on behalf of citizens regarding protocols for testing contaminants in residential water wells; the scientific basis for determining which parameters to test for (and not); how decisions are made in the field and at DEP offices in response to homeowners’ concerns; and the number of cases in which only partial testing results have been provided to homeowners.