Target: Pennsylvania officials
Goal: Require Pennsylvania officials to report on all toxins found in contaminated drinking water
Recent legal documents revealed the truth about the contamination of Pennsylvania’s drinking water. According to documents linked to a lawsuit against natural gas extraction, Pennsylvania officials had decided to disclose a limited amount of information regarding the safety of a private well located near a drilling site. The information about the presence of toxic metals in the drinking well should have been released to everyone that could be affected by the water, and by omitting this specific data, Pennsylvania officials jeopardized the safety of civilians.
The toxins most likely ended up in the local drinking water as a result of the drilling in the nearby location, which stresses the importance of limiting fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method used to extract gas from the ground. It is due to the fracking that the water became contaminated. Pennsylvania officials were required to report test data regarding the drilling site but chose to keep some information from the public. According to the New York Times, a scientist with the state’s Department of Environmental Protection stated that her lab tested for several metals but only reported some of the results because the oil and gas division did not ask for everything.
Regardless of whether or not the division asked for the full range of tests, since the metals could be dangerous, the officials should have released the entire truth behind the lab tests and the results. Seven people who get their water source near this drilling site fell sick from what they thought was safe water to drink. The fact that the officials did not think to warn people about the water was irresponsible. It also showed how selfish and insensitive the officials were in putting fracking and profits ahead of health and safety.
Although the oil and gas division only asked to test for certain metals, the metals that went unnoticed, like copper, nickel, zinc and titanium, can all be hazardous according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The Pennsylvania officials must release all of the test data to the public and restore the safety of the drinking water.
Dear Pennsylvania officials,
The fact that you chose to omit certain parts of the lab test results from Pennsylvania’s drinking water reveals how insensitive and irresponsible you are. Just because the oil and gas division did not ask for the full range of tests does not mean that you should not report everything that was found in the water. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, metals such as zinc, copper, nickel, and titanium, metals that you did not report, can be hazardous to people’s health.
Seven residents near the drilling site fell ill after drinking the water that was supposed to be safe. If you were responsible and told the people that the water may be contaminated with toxic metals because of the fracking, people would not be sick right now. Please clean up the water and disclose all lab test results, especially if they can help save people from a trip to the hospital.
[Your Name Here]