The academic, scientific and public health authorities often move with agonizing slowness where industrial threats to public health are concerned. One rabid bat will get a much swifter, more complete, expensive and dramatic response from public health authorities, typically, compared to large-scale threats to public health emerging from industry.
In this context, the fact that a physician researcher can get any funding at all to study health concerns related to shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and the fact that such a study is picked up by the press, is cause for celebration.
On April 28th, 2013, Dr. Poune Saberi presented the findings of a pilot study about health concerns linked to shale gas development in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, at the American Occupational Health Conference in Orlando, Florida.
On April 29th, United Press International (UPI) published “Study: More fracking health concerns than previously thought“: