Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers http://www.kunc.org en Garfield County Teams Up with CSU to Study Natural Gas Emissions http://www.kunc.org/post/garfield-county-teams-csu-study-natural-gas-emissions <p>CSU researchers met with Garfield County commissioners today to discuss plans for a $1.76 million, three-year research project examining emissions connected to the practice of hydraulic fracturing. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:23:10 +0000 Grace Hood 32427 at http://www.kunc.org Garfield County Teams Up with CSU to Study Natural Gas Emissions Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule' http://www.kunc.org/post/pennsylvania-doctors-worry-over-fracking-gag-rule <a href="http://www.whyy.org/"><em>From WHYY</em></a><p>A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.<p>The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.<p>But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. Thu, 17 May 2012 21:55:00 +0000 27474 at http://www.kunc.org Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule' Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story http://www.kunc.org/post/frackings-methane-trail-detective-story Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling.<p>She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.<p>"I look for a story in the data," says Petron. "You give me a data set, I will study it back and forth and left and right for weeks, and I will find something to tell about it."<p>Petron saw high levels of methane in readings from a NOAA observation tower north of Denver. Thu, 17 May 2012 07:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 27423 at http://www.kunc.org Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness Falls Short http://www.kunc.org/post/towns-effort-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.<p>They blame the chemicals used in gas production for health problems ranging from nosebleeds to cancer.<p>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."<p>But scientists say it's just not clear whether pollutants from gas wells are hurting people in Dish or anywhere else. Wed, 16 May 2012 18:41:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 27388 at http://www.kunc.org Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness Falls Short Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking http://www.kunc.org/post/medical-records-could-yield-answers-fracking A proposed study of people in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve a national debate about whether the natural gas boom is making people sick.<p>The study would look at detailed health histories on hundreds of thousands of people who live near the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation in which energy companies have already drilled about 5,000 natural gas wells.<p>If the study goes forward, it would be the first large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment of the health effects of gas production.<p><strong><strong>Secret Weapon: A Very Large Database Wed, 16 May 2012 07:04:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 27342 at http://www.kunc.org Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking