If You Read Only One Story On Health And Fracking, Read This One

As communities find themselves in the midst of unprecedented energy development, for people who live near oil and gas wells, are there health risks?

Inside Energy met with scientists to learn how oil and gas drilling affects your health and to clarify the confusion.

Find out about what drilling means for water, air and your health, and how a new research collaboration is helping communities understand the risks and benefits of the drilling boom.

Public Health Impacts Of Oil And Gas Drilling

The debate over the public health impacts of oil and gas drilling is incredibly polarized.  There’s widespread fear – fear of water contamination, of air and noise pollution.  When a drilling rig literally goes up in your backyard, its a matter of huge concern, as we reported recently in southeastern Wyoming. The problem is, there’s very little science out there backing claims of health impacts, or refuting claims of health impacts.  The drilling boom has happened so quickly that public health departments, as well as regulators and inspectors, have not had enough time to know where the problems are, and what to do about them.