The Public Herald produced an enlightening piece about how the number of complaints has skyrocketed since the Pennsylvania fracking boom, and how the DEP bungles looking into these complaints and doesn’t take them seriously.
The article is worth reading, to get a sense of how the state dismisses seemingly legitimate citizen concern in order to protect their corporate overlords.
This video sums up the article if you feel it’s TLDR.
Here’s a map of the complaints in Pennsylvania for context.
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So, PWSA messed up again, this time by letting the chlorine levels in the Highland Park Reservoir to get too low, increasing the chances of bacterial contamination. If you live in the blue zone, don’t drink your water unless you have a filter that filters out bacteria, or boil your water for at least a minute. There is also an alert for ice that you may have made today, or brushing your teeth or washing your dishes.
On a related note, whoever is responding to questions on their Twitter account is on fire.
Lead pipes in Pittsburgh are everywhere, and the people responsible for managing our water have earned a vote of no confidence from shenanigans as minor as a bumbling of our meter readings to majorly selling out to a private multi-national who illegally poisoned us in order to cut costs.
Vox created a map showing lead exposure risk across the nation. Above is a screenshot of Allegheny County.
Click on the original map for details.
Some guy did a simulation animation of what would happen if Pittsburgh flooded due to things like a storm surge, sea level rise, or other event. Basically, downtown, the Strip District, Lawrenceville, the South Side and the North Shore are gone. Below are some other visualizations of this.
Thanks, and go check out the original post.
Blue represents the area covered by water; the topo map has been converted to grayscale so that you can see the water more easily.