Detriment to health

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Regarding "Fracking Isn't the Path to Long-Term Stability" (Oct. 28): Letter writer Sarah Flanders is correct that fracking is not a path toward Pennsylvania's economic health. And, just as important, fracking is a detriment to Pennsylvania's environmental and public health.

Fracking companies make many claims about what they can offer to communities. But what they really bring is pollution, health risks and countless law violations. Just last year, they released 2 billion gallons of wastewater and 26,830 tons of air pollution across the state.

Given these companies' atrocious track record, Pennsylvania lawmakers like Sen. Jim Ferlo should be supported in their efforts to enact a moratorium on new drilling. Whatever the gas companies may assert, they cannot play a part in creating a stable future for Pennsylvania.

JON GEWIRTZMAN
Ambler, Pa.
The writer is an intern with PennEnvironment.


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