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Health impacts of drilling to be studied in Marcellus Shale
The non-profit Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI) will receive a grant of $75,000 to survey at least 500 people in 10 counties, including Pike and Wayne, to begin establishing a baseline with which to determine the health impacts of natural gas drilling in Northeast Pennsylvania. Dr. Samuel Lesko, the Institute’s research director, said the survey will begin before September. NRCI will also survey people in counties with no drilling to establish any differences.
New fracking chemical information website
The Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have jointly developed a new website—FracFocus—to provide a hydraulic fracturing chemical registry.
The project was started in 2010 in Pittsburgh "to develop and implement a system to enhance access to state and other pertinent information concerning chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing." The website is a non-governmental site designed to supplement, not replace, state regulatory agency websites. The chemical data presented on this site has been submitted on a voluntary basis by the participating oil and gas companies. The website organizes information on fracking by state or chemical and provides links to a frequently asked questions page. Visit http://fracfocus.org/