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Joshua B. Pribanic
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“Should a polluting corporation have the right to inject toxic waste, or should a community have the right to protect itself? I was elected to serve this community, and to protect the rights in our Charter voted in by the people I represent. If we have to physically and nonviolently stop the trucks from coming in because the courts fail us, we will do so. And we invite others to stand with us.”

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“I think the state is in bed with the gas companies. My husband calls them DGP – Department of Gas Protection – because that’s what they’re about. To hell with us.”

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An important story about DEP's history as we begin to unravel what's happened in complaint cases across the state.

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This morning in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Front reported on Public Herald's "shocking" discovery of 9,442 #fracking complaints that Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection downplayed and kept hidden from the public.

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After a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania, Public Herald has uncovered evidence of widespread and systemic impacts related to “fracking,” a controversial oil and gas technology.

Ending over a decade of suppression by the state, this evidence is now available to the public for the first time: a total of 9,442 complaint cases.

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Joshua Pribanic, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Public Herald, told DeSmog how he thought state and federal agencies should handle the issue:

“U.S. energy policy on fracking is a two-sided story where on one hand politicians and companies like Exxon have promised American farmers that fracking would create energy independence, then they turned around and signed deals to export that farmer's oil and gas overseas. Meanwhile, too often, farmers were left with reduced royalty checks, contaminated drinking water, and acres of unusable land.

In Pennsylvania, we now know … that the PA DEP suppressed complaints from thousands of residents who said fracking impacted their drinking water. And, we also know the US EPA downplayed risks of fracking to drinking water in their national study — excluding these thousands of complaints. In both cases, state and federal agencies have deceived the public about the risks of fracking to the nation's drinking water supplies. The implications are people are being impacted every day — they're losing their drinking water — and Congress should open an investigation on both agencies immediately so the truth can be discovered.”

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Sign the petition and demand accountability.

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