health project puts numbers to debate
(AP) - A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling
challenge the industry position that no one suffers, but also suggest the
problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is one of the first long-term
attempts to monitor drilling-related health impacts.
Over the last 18 months, the project found 27
cases in Washington County plausibly linked to gas drilling activities - seven
cases of skin rashes, four of eye irritation, 13 of breathing problems and three
of headaches and dizziness.
spokesman for the energy industry group Marcellus Shale Coalition says that, in
general, air quality across the nation is improving thanks to expanded natural
gas use. Gas generally emits less pollution than coal-fired power plants.