Gas Patch Roulette? Investigating Links Between Shale Gas Development and Health Impacts through a Community Survey Project in Pennsylvania
Published: November 25, 2013
By: Nadia Steinzor, Wilma Subra, and Lisa Sumi
The race for new energy sources is intense and widespread. While the toxic qualities of substances used and produced in shale gas development and the general health effects of exposure are well established, evidence of causal links has been limited.
Survey research documenting the symptoms experienced by people living in proximity to gas facilities, coupled with environmental testing, can reveal links that warrant both policy response and further investigation. Research in Pennsylvania indicates the strong need for efforts to safeguard public health.