Universities Team Up to Assess Health Impacts of Gas Drilling
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Taking a Harder Look at Fracking and Health
PHILADELPHIA – A coalition of academic researchers in the United States is preparing to shine a rigorous scientific light on the polarized and often emotional debate over whether using hydraulic fracturing (http://www.epa.gov/hydraulicfracture/) to drill for natural gas is hazardous to human health.
Some five years after the controversial combination of fracking and horizontal drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and surrounding states got under way, a team of toxicologists from the University of Pennsylvania (http://www.upenn.edu/) is leading a national effort to study the health effects of fracking.