Braddock Mayor and Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman is taking on fracking, as well as Katie McGinty, in his latest ad.
“These gas companies with billions in revenue and profits don’t pay a single dime to Pennsylvania for the gas that they extract from our state, and that’s outrageous,” Fetterman states while driving around in his car. “We are the only state in the country that does not charge an extraction tax for natural gas. It’s unheard of, literally unheard of.”
“The way fracking has been done in Pennsylvania is an environmental abomination, and the state’s weak environmental standards are the result of lobbyists like Katie McGinty getting their way,” the candidate said in a statement accompanying the video. “But the reality is that fracking is here to stay, so why wouldn’t Pennsylvania want to have the toughest environmental standards? Why wouldn’t we want to make gas companies pay taxes like everyone else?”
“The fact that you can frack within a mile or two of a school, or that anybody would want to frack within a mile or two of a school or where people live is crazy,” he concludes. “Just like it was with coal mining, you don’t find out all of the issues and all of the challenges until years and years later, decades later, when these fly-by-night companies are gone and all that’s left is a huge environmental mess that the communities and the government is responsible for cleaning up.”
Fetterman is running against McGinty and former Congressman Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary. The election is set for April 26th.