Grand jury: State failed to protect public from fracking

“We believe that our government often ignored the cost to the environment and to the health and safety of the citizens of the commonwealth in a rush to reap the benefit of this industry,” the report says.

“I can assure you, there will be more to come,” — PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Shapiro also urged legislators to increase oversight of the industry, which he said for too long has been given a “free pass” to do as it pleases.

“They acted as though they are unaccountable,” Shapiro said. “That is what the powerful do when left unchecked.”

Report: ‘No evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health’

A new report was just published in June by the nonprofits Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York, that summarizes more than 1,700 scientific reports, peer-reviewed studies and investigative journalism reports about the threats to the climate and public health from fracking. And the results are overwhelming: Fracking (or hydrofracking) cannot occur without causing harm to people and the environment.

Read this article by By Tara Lohan at the website Nation of Change for the full story.

It is long past time to navigate out of heavily government-subsidized, environmentally damaging fossil fuels and fully into renewable, clean forms of energy generation.

When one takes into consideration the entire cost of fossil fuel based energy production–from heavy taxpayer subsidies during development and extraction through to taxpayer-funded cleanup of waste, spills, and environmental damage caused by normal business operations, to human damage caused by exposure to various toxins (to both workers and the general public, which also heavily burdens the health care sector), the true costs of the entire process of producing fossil fuels, from development, to extraction, to maintenance, to cleanup, to human casualties, is staggering.

More details of these true costs will be presented in another post. Meanwhile, enjoy this eye-opening report of scientific peer-reviewed studies (1700 of them) all arriving at the same conclusion: Fracking is always damaging to health and the environment. Regardless of political party or even of nation in which it occurs: There is no such thing as “safe fracking”.