Elected officials at all levels of government in Pennsylvania should implement regulations to block gas extraction in "pristine places and locations near where people live or work," said the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. The group said it has documented well sites within two miles of more than 320 daycare facilities, 67 schools and nine hospitals in the state. PennEnvironment also called on lawmakers to strengthen clean water laws, "halt the use of toxic chemicals" in hydraulic fracturing and increase resources available to regulators. In addition, PennEnvironment called on the federal government to "end the special treatment for the gas industry and apply the nation's core public health and environmental laws to gas extraction, just as it would regulate any potential threat to public health or the environment."
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