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Doctors call for ban on fracking until further research is conducted

11/8/2016 - Pennsylvania is ground zero for natural gas "fracking," a controversial energy extraction method that involves blasting chemicals into the ground to break up shale rock and release gas resources. But the Pennsylvania Medical Society recently came out in opposition to the destructive practice, voting...

Residing near fracking sites have quadruple the risk of asthma, new study finds

7/23/2016 - The most recent oil boom that boosted entire economies, sweeping through states like North Dakota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania, was made possible by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. This drilling technique uses a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to crack rock and unearth...

Cancer growth confirmed in fish in Pennsylvania; lesion-covered fish becoming more common in toxic environment

5/14/2015 - The first-ever documented case of a cancerous tumor found on a smallmouth bass in Pennsylvania has recently been confirmed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory at Michigan State University. The discovery was made by an angler in November 2014 when he caught...

Fracking contaminates drinking water in Texas and Pennsylvania with carcinogenic chemicals

10/8/2014 - The results of a new study regarding the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracking in the Marcellus and Barnett Shales are both interesting and surprising. Completed by researchers from five different universities, the study sought to discover the source of natural gas contamination in drinking-water...

'Intersex' fish in Pennsylvania spur search for chemical contaminants

7/12/2014 - Pennsylvania officials are conducting extensive sampling of chemical contaminants throughout the state following the discovery of intersex fish in three of the state's major waterways. According to reports, male fish carrying eggs have been discovered in the Susquehanna, Delaware and Ohio River basins,...

Pennsylvania Health Department employees instructed to hide fracking information from the public

6/29/2014 - An agency whose self-proclaimed mission is to protect citizens from serious illness, injuries and death has failed Pennsylvania residents living near the Marcellus Shale region. The Marcellus Shale, a region containing more than 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, is expected to be the next site...

Pennsylvania residents complain of sewage sludge spread near homes

3/8/2014 - Residents of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, have complained about a state program to spread sewage sludge on public lands near their homes, citing health concerns. The treated sewage sludge, formally known as "biosolids," is intended to enrich the soil and help vegetation regrow on the site of...

Internet addiction now being treated in Pennsylvania hospital

9/4/2013 - Definitely a first of its kind, a new Pennsylvania hospital is organizing an inpatient treatment program for people who suffer from severe Internet addiction. Opening September 9th, the 10 day rehab program will launch from the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania....

Ninety-eight percent of cave-hibernating bats have died in Pennsylvania, say biologists

4/15/2013 - They serve a critical role in pollinating crops, killing insects, and fertilizing soil, but their presence throughout the state of Pennsylvania is in a disastrously serious decline. According to a new report by, 99.99 percent of bats living in Pennsylvania's second largest bat habitat...

Pennsylvania considers eliminating school property taxes to make housing more affordable

3/23/2013 - Legislators in Pennsylvania are considering a new proposal that would do away with the state's property tax scheme that currently funds government-run public schools, and replace it with slight tax increases on both sales and state income. According to the bill's advocates, property owners would benefit...

Pennsylvania residents beg to be poisoned with fluoride

6/22/2012 - A small Pennsylvania town that was in the process of ending its water fluoridation program appears to be reversing course, all because of a few local, and very vocal, residents that literally begged township supervisors to keep poisoning their water with toxic fluoride. According to the York Daily Record,...

Report: Prescription drug cocktail led to Pennsylvania shooting rampage

4/2/2012 - A few weeks ago, 30-year-old John F. Shick, a former mental health patient, went on a shooting rampage at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). And while law enforcement officials were searching Shick's apartment after the incident, they...

Pennsylvania threatens citizens with Big Brother tax collection scare campaign: We Know Who You Are

5/4/2010 - Just when you thought the truth couldn't get any stranger than fiction, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue decides to launch a creepy new Big Brother "Tax Amnesty" program aimed at getting delinquent taxpayers to pay up on their back taxes. But the state agency has stooped to using police state...

Pennsylvania Governor Rethinks Milk Labeling Rule for rBST

2/22/2008 - Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell recently overruled a decision by PA Secretary of Agriculture, Dennis Wolff to ban "hormone-free" milk labeling. State residents en masse, let their legislators know that the milk label ruling set to take effect on January 1, 2008 was not in their best interest. In...

Pennsylvania Bans rBGH-Free Labels on Dairy Products

12/13/2007 - Starting January 1st 2008 the state of Pennsylvania will ban labels on dairy products which claim to be rBGH, pesticide and antibiotic free. This means consumers will no longer be allowed to distinguish between dairy products containing hormones, antibiotics or recombinant bovine growth hormone, and...

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