‘We started getting sores all over us’: Grand jury report blasts DEP, health department over fracking failures in Pa.

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By: Megan Guza

A scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report two years in the making blasted the state departments of Environment Protection and Health, alleging years of turning a blind eye to complaints against the oil and gas industry left residents exposed to harmful water and air pollution that caused nosebleeds, mysterious sores and myriad other ailments.

The 243-page report, released Thursday by Attorney General Josh Shapiro, relied on nearly 300 hours of testimony, much of it from homeowners exposed to nearby fracking operations. The grand jury previously filed criminal charges against Range Resources and Cabot Oil and Gas for allegedly repeatedly breaking state environmental law.

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