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Md. Take Note: PA’s Fracking Water Contamination Complaints Jump to 40 Percent

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Can you imagine drinking this well water? Homeowner lives in the Woodland’s community north of Pittsburgh. Claims fracking ruined water. DEP claims fracking did not. Photo courtesy: Dr. John Stolz and Public Herald.

Guess what was found in Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) filing cabinets after gas operators drilled 10,027 fracking wells over the last 12 years? Only 9,942 citizen-reported fracking complaints. And forty-four percent of those are drinking water-related. Pennsylvania’s DEP finally released the complaints to Public Herald, an investigative journalism nonprofit. There’s much to learn from Pennsylvania’s now-public 9,942 fracking complaints as legislators decide to frack or not to frack in Western Maryland.

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