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Research Lights Up Fracking’s Black Hole

Industry’s silent treatment has been wildly successful




Thanks to a silent industry, large-scale studies of gas drilling’s impacts on communities simply do not exist. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Barray)

Gagging doctors. Silencing children. Muzzling victims. These are among the tactics used within the oil and gas industry to hide the dangers of fracking. And according to a recent review of the latest fracking research, reported on by ProPublica, the industry’s efforts at keeping mouths shut, including its own, have been wildly successful.

That’s the conclusion of a study done by Environmental Science and Technology, which examined the growing body of research on fracking’s health and environmental effects. The researchers found that, though large segments of the public are concerned about fracking, big questions, concerns and uncertainties about the industrial drilling practice still remain.

Thanks to a silent industry, as well as blithe regulators and a lack of funding, large-scale studies of gas drilling’s impacts on communities simply do not exist. But information from existing studies is alarming.For the rest of this story please click the link to Earth Justice: http://earthjustice.org/blog/2014-march/research-lights-up-fracking-s-black-hole?utm_source=Convio

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