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03/12/2012

Pennsylvania Sierra Club Exposes the Truth of New Fracking Law

It is great to see the Natural Gas Reform Campaign, the Hydrofracking Activist Network Team, and Sierra Club activists coordinating great work at local, state, and national levels to rein in the natural gas industry. I want to highlight the PA Chapter's latest effort in particular.

Today our Pennsylvania Chapter launched a new tool in the fight against the State's latest effort to cozy up with the natural gas industry. A factsheet designed to fight back against the new, pro-fracking state law Act 13 of 2012 or, more accurately, the "Mad Rush to Frack Act." This mythbuster factsheet gives us the facts we need to reveal the ugly side of this new law.

As a resident of Pennsylvania, I've seen the fracking boom in this state firsthand. I've visited with families in Dimock and with others across the state who have been forced to live with the many problems that come with fracking. But instead of correcting these problems and preventing future ones, Governor Corbett and our state leaders have chosen to give the industry even more power to force fracking on Pennsylvania communities.

The Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter is setting the record straight. Act 13 has many appalling features -- this is just a sampling of what's explained in the mythbuster factsheet:

  • The Mad Rush to Frack Act effectively ties the hands of local municipalities that want to protect their communities from the health and environmental dangers of fracking.
  • The Mad Rush to Frack Act allows the industry to claim multiple harmful fracking fluids as a "trade secret" and not disclose what the chemicals are or how much are pumped into the ground.
  • The Mad Rush to Frack Act even forces doctors treating you for sickness to sign a gag order if they are to know the content of the toxic fracking fluids. Apparently, this chemical cocktail is so dangerous that even our health care providers aren't allowed to disclose its contents to other medical professionals.
  • The Mad Rush to Frack Act also allows a driller to put a frack pad only 300 feet from your house. That's just a football field away from where your children play.

The Pennsylvania Chapter and its coalition partners battled hard to prevent the Mad Rush to Frack Act from being forced through the Statehouse by pro-drilling lawmakers and industry lobbyists. Now, the fight continues as we hold supporters accountable and educate the public on the real dangers of this law.

Join me in sharing this document with friends, family, and other activists. We cannot allow the natural gas industry and those who supported the Mad Rush to Frack Act to get away with putting the health of our communities and environment at risk.

-- Robin Mann

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