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Pennsylvania Attorney General Launches Fracking Probe After Residents Call for Help

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From our friends at Public Herald:

Report by Melissa A. Troutman for Public Herald:

Over the past seven months, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has received an influx of phone calls from residents alleging that officials at the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have ignored or covered up drinking water contamination, illness, animal deaths, and other impacts they relate to oil and gas operations.

According to agents within the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the calls began pouring in after a Public Herald report in February revealed over 100 cases of official misconduct were committed by DEP oil and gas staff during investigations of citizen water complaints since 2004.

By May, agents with the OAG added that their office was “getting between three to six calls a day” from residents with DEP fracking-related grievances.

Since June, Public Herald has received reports from residents who have been visited by Shapiro’s agents, but Attorney General Shapiro’s office has yet to announce an official investigation.

See full article here:

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