Rabb fights back against fracking hazards with new legislation to protect the public

HARRISBURG, April 24 – As he recognizes the importance of Earth Week, state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., is not only fighting for clean energy, but also is pushing for stricter safety regulations for the natural gas drillers.

He said he is planning to introduce legislation that would require well operators to release an annual report laying out the specific impacts their natural gas extraction technique, best known as fracking, is having on the surrounding communities. The information would include:

  • The amount a well operator spent or has agreed to pay for temporary water supplies for affected residents;
  • The impact of operations on infrastructure and public resources, such as sources of public drinking water supplies, roads, bridges, and publicly owned parks and wildlife areas; and
  • The number of nondisclosure agreements a well operator has signed with individuals.

“This dangerous and unconventional procedure has triggered unnecessary accidents at the expense of innocent lives for more than a decade,” Rabb said. “The public has a right to know the risks associated with fracking and well operators need to be held accountable for these hazards.”

The public would have access to these reports through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website.

Rabb added, “The best way to eliminate these risks is to look towards the future by utilizing clean energy resources that not only provide little risk but effectively combat pollution, giving us a fighting chance against climate change.”

His latest legislation coincides with his other bill (H.B. 2132), which has bipartisan support, aimed at transitioning Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.