Reporting Emergencies or Violations
Note: For an emergency requiring immediate local police, fire, or emergency medical services, always call 911 first.
- To report a spill or other emergency in PA, contact the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP): 1-800-541-2050 or report to your regional office. In Southwestern PA, call 412-442-4000.
- To report a worker fatality or severe injury, contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or TTY 1-877-889-5627 or report online.
- To report a hazardous substance release or oil spill, contact the federal government’s National Response Center (NRC). NRC reports are shared with EPA, U.S Coast Guard, and other federal and state response agencies as appropriate: 1-800-424-8802 or email NRC@uscg.mil.
Report what you see:
If you are concerned about a potential hazard affecting air quality, water quality, or public health in your area, report your observations to federal and/or state agencies.
- PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Environmental Complaint Line (PA only): 1-888-723-3721 or online.
- For other states, visit the EPA list of agencies
- Report via the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Violations form online.
Monitoring Air and Water Quality
There are ways you can participate in monitoring air quality and monitoring water quality, including violations to local standards and limits.
Get email notifications:
Skytruth: The primary place to find if there has been a spill anywhere within a particular search radius (you can customize this). This is the best source of “real-time” notices of violations and also covers other non-fracking related incidents (i.e. oil spill from a truck). You can sign up for email notifications on their site.
e-Facts: On their main page, you can search for violations by operator and site number. This is not the best real-time tool but is an excellent source of historical site data. Finding the history of a particular site can be useful to you when looking for a full history of violations for a particular company. This can be particularly useful when making the case against future industrial expansion by a company with a record of unsafe practices.