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Geisinger gets grant to study health effects of Marcellus Shale drilling

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 18, 2013 5:46 PM

(Danville) -- A central Pennsylvania health company says it's received a $1 million grant to study possible health impacts of natural gas drilling on the Marcellus shale.

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Geisinger Health System says the Degenstein Foundation had awarded the money to help underwrite what it calls a "large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment'' of the issue.

Most of the money will be used for data-gathering, with some used to develop studies of the data. Officials said they expect other funders to come forward.

The study is to look at detailed health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near wells and other facilities producing natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation. The drilling boom has generated jobs and billions of dollars in revenue for companies and leaseholders, but also raised health concerns.

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Comments: 2

  • claudzilla5 img 2013-02-19 09:15

    This could be a very important, reliable addition to the information currently being used in the drilling debate. Great news.

  • Tim_PAFP img 2013-02-19 13:47

    We are really glad to the study getting underway. We worked with Geisinger Health System at the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians on an article talking about this study. The effects of hydraulic fracturing on public health has never been explored until now, and the possible outcomes of this study could yield some assuring or alarming data. You can read the article from Keystone Physician here: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pafp/keystonephysician_2012fallwinter/index.php#/0

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