"Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness Falls Short"

"Quite a few of the 225 people who live in Dish, Texas, think the nation's natural gas boom is making them sick. They blame the chemicals used in gas production for health problems ranging from nosebleeds to cancer.
And the mayor of Dish, Bill Sciscoe, has a message for people who live in places where gas drilling is about to start: 'Run. Run as fast as you can. Grab up your family and your belongings, and get out.'"

"But scientists say it's just not clear whether pollutants from gas wells are hurting people in Dish or anywhere else. What is clear, they say, is that the evidence the town has presented so far doesn't have much scientific heft."

Jon Hamilton reports for NPR's All Things Considered May 16, 2012, as part of NPR's ongoing series on fracking.

SEE ALSO:

"Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story" (NPR)

"Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking" (NPR)

NPR Special Series Portal: "The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers"

Source: NPR, 05/17/2012