By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and state senate Democrats revealed bills with the goal to hold negligent fracking companies accountable.READ MORE: Manhunt Intensifies In Search For Brian Laundrie, Fiancee Of Missing 22-Year-Old Gabby Petito
Shapiro said that a grand jury investigation found Pennsylvania failed to protect residents and the environment from fracking.
He wants to require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals they are using during the fracking process as well as move drilling sites away from homes, schools, and hospitals.READ MORE: Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board Votes To End Training By Contractor Hired To Train Corrections Officers
It would also allow the attorney general’s office to have criminal jurisdiction over frackers.
“We can’t rely on these companies to police themselves, it’s actually not their job to police themselves, it’s the government’s job to set the ground rules to protect the public,” Shapiro said.
Some opponents to the plan say it doesn’t go far enough to regulate fracking or punish law-breaking companies.MORE NEWS: Leaders Expected To Discuss Proposed Plan To Make Liberty Avenue Safer
Other opponents of the bill say that more environmental regulations will drive the companies out of Pennsylvania.