Right now, cities across the country do not have the proper resources or training to deal with emergencies related to an oil train derailment. In response, FEMA has stepped in to conduct worst case scenario drills in places like Jersey City, NJ and La Crosse, WI. The Jersey City drill revealed 87 people would be killed instantly and residents would sustain injuries up to three quarters of a mile away!
The water the gas industry already uses for fracking is a toxic cocktail laced with chemicals. Despite this, Pennsylvania is actually considering legislation that would make fracking even more dangerous and less regulated.
SB 875 encourages the use of acid mine drainage (AMD) for fracking operations. AMD is polluted water that flows out of abandoned coal mines. More than 4,000 miles of streams in PA are already polluted by AMD. To make matters worse, very little research is available on how coal mine water reacts with chemicals used in fracking. What information there is exposes several problems that can result from the use of mine water. AMD for fracking is a bad idea. Help us stop this bill today!
Unfortunately, the bill passed the House and is now going to the Senate. Please email your state senator and the governor today and tell them to oppose this dangerous legislation.
Yet despite a proposed by budget from Governor Wolf that would reverse these trends, the legislature passed their own budget that continues to cut funding for DEP, invests nothing in renewable energy, and raids funds meant to improve our state parks and forests.