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ProPublica taking fresh look at fracking health issues

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From ProPublica today:

Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

In 2011, when ProPublica first reported on the health problems afflicting people living near gas drilling operations, only a handful of health studies had been published. Three years later, the science is far from settled, but there is a growing body of research to consider,
ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam reports today.

Some highlights of Sadasivam's roundup:


  • Health officials have become involved only in states such as New York and Maryland, where regulators responded to the public's insistence on public health and environmental reviews. The states currently have a moratorium on fracking.
  • Other states such as Pennsylvania and Texas, however, have been much more supportive of the gas industry. For instance, Texas has been granting permits for fracking in ever increasing numbers, while cutting the budget for its Commission on Environmental Quality substantially.
  • A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives this year examined babies born 1996-2009 in rural Colorado locations -- the state has been a center of fracking for more than a decade -- and found that women who lived close to gas wells were more likely to bear children with a variety of defects, from oral clefts to heart issues.
  • A 2012 study, also set in Colorado, examined air samples, finding evidence of 57 different chemicals near drilling wells, 45 of which they believe have some potential for affecting human health.

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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.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

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.