Pennsylvania is immensely proud of its fracking business, but it shouldn’t be. Fracking creates huge environmental and health risks to surrounding areas. It has been linked to massive amounts of climate change pollution, radioactive air and water pollution, and health risks including birth defects, asthma, and cancer.
Last year, a grand jury report found that Pennsylvania’s leaders failed to protect from the health risks associated with fracking by siding with the industry instead of the public. The report recommended a series of ways to limit the damage done by fracking, which included moving fracking away from homes and cutting off loopholes allowing radioactive waste to pollute drinking water.
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