Release: Removal of Road-Spreading of Drilling Waste Provision Does Not Make SB790 a Good Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 21, 2019

Contact: Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, 610-678-7726,

Removal of Road-Spreading of Drilling Waste Provision Does Not Make SB790 a Good Bill

195 Organizations and 1,655 Concerned Citizens Have Now Signed Letters to Legislators Opposing Bill

Bombshell Report in Rolling Stone Validates Concerns Regarding Radioactive Elements in Waste

As the House prepares for third consideration of SB790, Berks Gas Truth is submitting to committee members a copy of a letter sent in October to lawmakers and Governor Wolf.  The group is submitting a letter to state senators calling for them to vote no should the bill pass the House. Collectively, 195 organizations and 1,655 individuals have expressed their opposition to the bill. Senate Bill 790 introduced by Senator Joseph Scarnati (R-25) provides benefits to conventional drillers that put the public and our environment in peril, including a loosening of the requirements for reporting spills.

Bombshell reporting published today by Justin Nobel for Rolling Stone exposes the dangers of radioactivity associated with oil and gas drilling.

“Justin Nobel’s reporting shows that, once again, the  frontline communities, concerned citizens, and advocates are on the right side of the issue. Even with road-spreading of drilling waste removed, SB790 remains a dangerous bill our legislature must reject. Today’s reporting is just the latest evidence that drilling will never be safe. It’s time for our legislature to put the health and safety of the people and our environment first.” said Karen Feridun, Founder of Berks Gas Truth.

The letter closes, “Our more fundamental concern with SB790 is that it will enable more oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania when it is clear that we are nearly out of time to address the climate crisis. Our legislature should be looking for ways to speed the transition away from the production of fossil fuels and petrochemicals. As we have heard so often, our house is on fire. Stop fanning the flames.”