Pennsylvania has powered the globe for three centuries.
From oil and timber to coal and natural gas, the world has long relied on Pennsylvania's natural resources to provide the raw materials that create energy and the products that drive industrialization.
Pennsylvanians pay a price.
Too often, the environmental and economic costs of retrieving those resources have been left for Pennsylvanian families and businesses to pay. Pennsylvanians unknowingly subsidized these industries by paying the costs the industries didn't. With weak bonding requirements, companies simply defaulted on the bonds, closed down the businesses, and walked away. And when the abandoned mines drained acidic water into our rivers and streams and the drilling sites were left open and dangerous, Pennsylvanians were forced to fix the mess.
Now, coal mines and the shallow gas wells we've had for generations have been joined by deep natural gas wells that use hydrofracking to release the gas from deep in the Marcellus and Utica Shales. This technology is relatively new and the environmental and economic costs are still being assessed.
PennFuture is leading the fight.
PennFuture is determined to ensure that our past — and our lack of environmental oversight and laissez faire attitude towards the fossil fuel industry — not dictate our future. Working with citizens across the Commonwealth, we serve as a watchdog over the industry and the regulators, working to protect and promote our environment and our economy.
Join us in our mission to protect the people and the environment of Penn's Woods.
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