More Data Needed to Study Long Term Health Effects of Marcellus Shale Drilling

by Nicole Good on June 14, 2011

As part of its series of recommendations to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Commission, the State’s Department of Health wants to create a health registry of individuals who live in close proximity to drill sites or are occupationally exposed.  According to the spokeswoman from the department, Brandi Hunter-Davenport, more data and investigations are needed in order to conclude whether adverse health effects can be linked with Marcellus Shale drilling.

Dr. Bernard Goldstein of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities said that, ”What the health department needs, what we need in the public, is a prospective ongoing study of people in communities potentially affected by Marcellus Shale activities.  That means looking at what their exposures are and trying to understand whether or not there will really be health effects.”

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