With No Health Registry, PA Doesn’t Know Impact of Fracking on Health

"After more than five years and about 6,000 wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale boom, public-health experts say the need to collect information near fracking operations in Pennsylvania is urgent.

A health registry could show trends of illnesses, collect data and potentially answer the question of whether fracking is safe — a debate currently characterized by emotional arguments with little reliable information.

How will anyone in the state know the possible health impacts of hydraulic fracturing unless information is collected?

A health registry 'is a critical issue that needs to be addressed,' said Dr. Ralph Schmeltz, an endocrinologist and former president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society."

Natasha Khan reports for PublicSource April 30, 2014.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014