Grand jury: State failed to protect public from fracking

A drilling rig is near a barn and bales of hay Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 in Springville.

A statewide grand jury slammed the state Department of Environmental Protection and other regulators for failing to protect the public from the health and environmental impact of the natural gas drilling industry.

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When talk of fracking first became serious I was living in Louisiana which had had oil drilling for ages and much of the state's budget was funded by taxes paid by the oil companies. I was dumbfounded when Pennsylvania declined to tax their production. It did and still does seem to burden taxpayers unnecessarily. Marcy Trembath Pitkin, Philadelphia

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