From the Shadbush Collective:
[Yesterday], Earth Day, residents harmed by fracking and dozens of their allies descended on the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Southwest regional office in Pittsburgh [and all five other regional offices across Pennsylvania] calling for major changes in the agency’s handling of oil and gas permitting and oversight….
The theme of the day is “Make It Our DEP”, a call for the agency to serve the people of Pennsylvania and not the oil and gas industry. In just seven years, the DEP has issued over 10,000 permits for unconventional gas wells using hydraulic fracturing. An AP report in 2011, found that the average review for these permits lasts 35 minutes . Meanwhile, DEP has failed to investigate hundreds of reports of violations and formal complaints submitted by residents in the shalefields and willfully withheld critical water testing information from impacted residents .
Read the full story here.