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Shale gas boom is reducing air pollution, Pa. study shows

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 6, 2013

Research in Pennsylvania suggests that fracking in the state is reducing air pollution by a significant amount, writes James Conca in The Breakthrough (and originally published in Forbes).

Conca writes: "So is fracking making things worse? Or better? And by better, does that mean just less worse, or is it really better, like going down the path that actually will protect the environment in the long-run?

"Recent studies by PA DEP have shed some light on these questions. The studies show that the new builds in gas-fired power plants and the associated surge in fracking over the last few years have dramatically reduced emissions across the State, emissions of every sort – deadly particulates, heavy metals, and the NOx and SOx which are those nasty components of smog that also cause acid rain and a lot of health problems.

"Just last Tuesday, PA DEP released its latest report on emissions from unconventional shale gas extraction operations in the state (PA DEP emission study)."

You can read Conca's entire column here.



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