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Brigid Sullivan
November 2nd, 2012

Alleged Pennsylvania DEP Cover-Up of Possible Fracking Contamination an Abomination

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Washington, D.C.–“It is unconscionable that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would purposely withhold information about the effects of fracking and drilling for natural gas on local water supplies. This latest development, combined with the fact that the DEP is allowing fracking to occur just one mile from Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station shows that it is more concerned with protecting the interests of the oil and gas industry than the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians.

“Fracking and drilling for natural gas is increasingly controversial as more and more cases of water contamination and other problems created by the process come to light. The public has a right to know how fracking affects their essential resources. Obscuring such information lets the oil and gas industry destroy our communities and resources for the sake of profits, and prevents policymakers and elected officials from protecting the public from the risks of fracking.

“Food & Water Watch calls on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to immediately investigate the DEP’s testing protocol and conduct independent testing of the water samples in question. We also call on Gov. Corbett to publicly admonish Secretary Krancer for his agency’s negligence in this possible cover-up.”

Contact: Kate Fried or Seth Gladstone, Food & Water Watch, (202) 683-2500, kfried(at)fwwatch(dot)org or sgladstone(at)fwwatch(dot)org.

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