Saturday, September 1, 2012

Studies on health impacts of drilling seek funds - WTRF

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A much-publicized plan by two Pennsylvania health companies to study possible impacts from gas drilling is only in the preliminary stages as the groups continue to look for major funding. Meanwhile, the precise numbers of people who've had health complaints linked to drilling remains elusive.

Geisinger Health Systems spokeswoman Marcy Marshall says the company has received $100,000 from a local charitable organization for planning and some pilot studies. Guthrie Health spokeswoman Maggie Barnes says the company hasn't received any funding or started research. The companies hope to collaborate on the issue in the future.

Bernard Goldstein, professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, says other health experts confirm the relative lack of available U.S. funding for the needed health research.

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