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Pa. hospitals to check on health problems from drilling

By Bob Downing Published: May 3, 2012

Geisinger Health System, a non-profit chain of hospitals in eastern Pennsylvania, plans to use its datbase of patient records to determine whether natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale in harming residents.

The hospital system began planning the project last year and started mining hundreds of thousands of records in recent weeks, Bloomberg News reported.

Geisinger is talking with foundations, the government and the gas industry to fund the expansion of the project.

"There's all these concerns about what the health risks are, but we're really limited to anecdotal data," said David Carey, director of Geisinger's Weis Center for Research.

The database can provide "real hard, rigorous scientific data," he said.

Recently, the Institute of Health, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, said it would investigate the health threat from hydraulic fracturing or fracking.



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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

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Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.