Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Must Consider the Invisible Dangers of Fracking

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Must Consider the Invisible Dangers of Fracking

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In light of the recent news stories about issues with shale gas development (March 5, "Troubled Gas Line Garners Hefty Fine,") as well as the Beaver Country explosion last September, it's hard to reconcile the fact that new pipelines are still being constructed.

In addition to these newsworthy stories, it's also important to remember the dangers from shale gas development that don't get as much publicity: hazardous pollutants released into the air, water and soil at every stage of production. Shale gas operations leak toxic emissions like formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds, which can be tied to asthma, skin rashes, birth defects and even cancer. These emissions also contain methane, which is explosive at high levels and, as a powerful greenhouse gas, contributes to climate change. …

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