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May 14, 2019

Are 27 cases of Ewing’s sarcoma near Pittsburgh a cluster?

There is no known cause for the rare childhood bone cancer but the number of cases demand attention, experts say.

Read the article on the newsinteractive on the Post-Gazette website: https://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/blog/ewing-sarcoma-cancer-cluster-pittsburgh-washington-westmoreland/

March 9, 2019

New PA Study Reports Genital and Urinary Tract Impacts of Fracking

According to a report carried in the March issue of Public Health as reported on the truthout.org website, a recent study has indicated that Pennsylvanians in shale fracking regions are at greater risk for skin, genital, and urinary diseases. (https://truthout.org/articles/fracking-linked-to-increased-hospitalizations-for-genital-and-urinary-issues/)

As Truth Out reports, “Researchers found that the more fracking wells were in a county, the more hospitalizations the county saw for genital and urinary problems like urinary tract infections, kidney infections, and kidney stones.” 

This would not include all cases of such impacts, since only the most acute cases involve hospitalization.  It is likely that many more cases exist bit with milder symptoms.

The study concluded that there is a clearer link between genital and urinary issues and fracking as compared to skin-related issues.

The study also reported that as exposures to fracking in counties continued over time, there were increasing rates of hospitalizations for kidney infections, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections.  The effect seems to impact adult women more than children and the elderly. 

January 14, 2019

Frack Waste and Planned Petrochemical Biggest Threats

According to a study published recently by FracTracker ( diminishing returns ) shale development in Ohio is using astonishing amounts of water in longer and longer laterals in unconventional wells to produce natural gas, and in the process is generating astonishing amounts of frack waste.  Much of this will be injected into Ohio’s 216 Class II injection wells, posing threats to ground water and potentially generating more earthquakes. 

Ohio also permits some frack waste to be spread on landfills without much regulation or monitoring.  Again, with landfill liners that leak and with landfill contents that leach into the ground, this will mean more threats to ground water, including from radioactive elements in the waste.  And, the General Assembly has a bill pending to liberalize the use of radioactive frack waste on roads and other surfaces from where this carcinogenic material will be aerosolized and breathed in by unsuspecting Ohioans.

The other big threat on the horizon is the planning for a massive petrochemical industry in the state, beginning along the Ohio River and involving NGL mining (ethane), ethane cracker plants, ethane pipelines, and plastics manufacturing plants.  These are all massive sources of air and water pollution.