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Pennsylvania and Fracking

Frack Target: Marcellus Shale

Gas drilling in Pennsylvania has skyrocketed in recent years. And along with the gas rush have come disastrous industrial accidents and poisoned drinking water—earning the state a reputation in the region for gas development gone wrong. Communities fighting to keep their water and air clean and state forests intact have their work cut out for them: Governor Tom Corbett accepted nearly $1 million from oil and gas companies during his political campaigns and since assuming office in 2011, promptly began repaying his benefactors by cutting down on environmental enforcement and oversight of gas drilling activities.

Unfracktured Communities – Fighting Fracking: When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett—the recipient of nearly $1 million in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry—signed a pro-fracking, anti-community law known as Act 13 in 2012, communities fought back.

A group of seven municipalities, Delaware Riverkeeper Network and several citizens sued to overturn a portion of the law that sought to strip communities of their right to use local zoning laws to limit oil and gas development and associated industry infrastructure. In a landmark 2013 court victory, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court sided with the municipalities, handing the oil and gas industry a big defeat.

Fraccidents: Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in and around Pennsylvania. Click on any fraccident to learn more.


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