I would like to refer Mr. Rish to health impact studies that were released on Oct. 14 by health experts, scientific researchers with Concerned Health Professionals of New York, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. This compilation of 500 peer-reviewed studies of scientific, medical and media findings demonstrate the risks and harms of fracking.
The third edition summarizes the evidence pertaining to the impacts of natural gas infrastructure, including transmission pipelines and compressor stations.
He will find statements, resolutions, reports and videos at: concernedhealthny.org.
To my knowledge, no health impact studies have ever been conducted in Pennsylvania. Considering that there are now about 9,000 wells in Pennsylvania and that there are not enough Department of Environmental Protection inspectors to regularly inspect them, I find this an unacceptable risk to human health and to the environment.
If the gas industry can spend millions of dollars lobbying elected officials and contributing to their campaign funds, surely it can spend some of its profits on health impact studies to reassure the people in our state that this practice is safe for them and the employees who work hard on these dangerous drill sites.
If this practice is so safe, why are there moratoriums against it in New York and Maryland? Why is it banned in Vermont, France, Germany, Scotland and Bulgaria? Does this mean that they have more of a commitment to the health and safety of the people and the communities where they work and live? Or do they love their children more?
LAURA L. LEETE Whitehall The writer is a retired science and health teacher in the West Jefferson Hills School District.
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