' I say we round up the gas companies, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and charge them all with racketeering.
' Or at least ... fracketeering.
' For the last several years, it’s been difficult for many Pennsylvania residents who live near fracking sites to understand the treatment they’ve received from the state DEP. Here’s the sequence: Gas companies set up a fracking site; residents’ drinking water suddenly, out of the blue, turns a smelly, cloudy brown; residents ask for help. DEP tests the water, then, months/years later says, “It’s fine. Drink it.” And the gas companies set up more sites . . .
' If racketeering charges can net various Gambinos and Latin Kings, and just the idea of it scare Michael Milken into pleading guilty to lesser offenses, then maybe a fracketeering threat could scare the governor of Pennsylvania and the Department of Environmental Protection into coughing up all the test results on water contamination, instead of merely a chosen few. Serial-polluting gas companies could be charged with “patterns of behavior” under FRICO (FracketeerInfluenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) and residents harmed could file civil suitsand collect treble damages, which would be a heck of a lot better than what they’re getting now. '