Public health advocates call on Wolf to help those harmed by fracking

Campaign received some high-profile help

Molly Daly
May 23, 2018 - 5:31 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Representatives of a new public health campaign aimed at raising awareness of the health costs of fracking held a conference call Wednesday morning, demanding Gov. Tom Wolf act to help Pennsylvanians harmed by the gas extraction process. 

Members of the Pennsylvania Fracking Health Impacts campaign held the call ahead of an evening protest at a Wolf campaign fundraiser in Manayunk. 

Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo had pointed words for the Democratic governor.

"He has done nothing to help the many Pennsylvanians harmed by fracking," he said. "He's done nothing to stop further harm, and he has done nothing to hold the oil and gas industry accountable."

Former gas industry worker Randy Moyer said contact with fracking fluid cost him his health.

"It kills you slowly. It's painful," he said. "There's nowhere to go get help."

Karen Feridun, co-founder of the Better Path Coalition, said Wolf needs to take action.

"We need him to be a champion and we need him to ban fracking, address all the harms that are occurring in this state," she added.