Breaking: Newly released documents expose Pennsylvania Department of Health officials who deliberately ignored fracking-related health complaints. Click here to tell Gov. Wolf to place an immediate moratorium on fracking while this issue is under investigation.
I've never been one for conspiracy theories and the monikers associated with them. But after learning about what's going on in Pennsylvania, it's clear that we have an actual conspiracy on our hands, FRACK-gate, and people's health is at high risk. Last year, news broke that Pennsylvania's Department of Health (DOH) utilized a series of "buzzwords" to ignore health complaints related to fracking.1 These buzzwords included phrases like "Marcellus," "hair falling out," "skin rash" and other symptoms residents complained of since the fracking boom began.
Our friends at Food and Water Watch recently obtained documents proving that DOH displayed a pattern of inadequacy, negligence and disregard for fracking-related health complaints.2 In some cases DOH actually told Penn. residents to refer their complaints to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or pay, out of pocket, for independent lab tests on air and water near their homes. Basically, the state agency charged with protecting your health told citizens, "We Could Give Two Fracks About Your Health."
To be fair, many of these profound and culpable examples of a disregard for public health were carried out under former Gov. Tom Corbett. But there is only one way for current Gov. Tom Wolf to turn the page and demonstrate that he takes public health seriously: Place A Statewide Moratorium On Fracking. Will you take action now and tell Gov. Wolf to stop fracking around with your health?
Residents of Pennsylvania have lost confidence in the state agency that's charged with protecting their health. DOH even refused to listen to doctors who phoned in to report seeing unusual numbers of skin lesions on residents.3 What's it going to take for this agency with questionable ethics to do right by the citizens of Pennsylvania? In no small part, the answer to that question simply is YOU.
When Gov. Wolf took the oath of his office, he promised to obey and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I'm no constitutional scholar, but I do know that both documents include directives to protect life and liberty -- and that definitely means protecting public health. Now is the time to remind him to uphold his oath and protect your health, not the interests of the fracking industry.
Click here to make sure he understands Pennsylvanians are through fracking around.
Thanks for taking action,
Anthony for Environmental Action
1. Phillips, Susan. Fracking Health Complaints Received Little Follow-Up From Department of Health. StateImpact-NPR. June 25, 2015.
2. Food & Water Watch: Analysis: Right-to-Know Request-Pennsylvania Department of Health Log of Complaints Related To Gas Driling and Fracking.
3. Hauter, Wenonah. Shocking Documents Reveal Fracking Health Complaints Swept Under The Rug In Pennsylvania. Nation of Change. July 6, 2015.