For the past decade, including the administrations of Ed Rendell, Tom Corbett, and now Tom Wolf, the political impotency of Pennsylvania government to stand up to the oil and gas (aka fracking) industry has been impossible to ignore. Specifically, more often than not the job performance of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) falls somewhere between gross negligence and willing co‐conspirator in responding to environmental violations by the oil and gas industry. Any guesses as to why?
“I’ve slept on this but can no longer hold back. Where the f*ck were you people [environmental groups] yesterday? The House and Senate hold Russian show trials on vital environmental issues and there’s no pushback at all from the environmental community? Nobody bothering to insert themselves in the news cycle?”-Former PA DEP Secretary John Quigley