Fracking presentation scheduled
July 09, 2013 10:50 AM

What is known about the impact of shale gas hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and processing on human health?

How might it affect vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and young children?

What is the potential impact on the health of those working at drilling sites?

Residents will have a chance to learn more about those health-related issues at The League of Women Voters of Indiana County’s informational evening, “Shale Gas Development and Public Health,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 18 at the Apollo Memorial Library, 219 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Apollo.

Members of the League of Women Voters’ Shale and Public Health Committee will present the latest research information about the impact of shale gas development on human health.

The committee, which includes nurses, a physician and other health professionals, has developed a study guide on this topic for publication.

“The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania supports the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of shale natural gas production,” said Sherene Hess, Indiana league president.

“This study on the health effects of gas drilling is one more step toward that goal.”

In addition to the general public, health professionals are encouraged to attend the free program.

The presentation will include information on best practices for physicians, as well as helpful advice for those who live near shale drilling or compression operations.

This event is part of “The Straight Scoop on Shale” initiative funded by a Colcom Foundation grant to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s Citizen Education Fund.

For directions and to RSVP, contact the library at apollolibrary@hotmail.com, or call (724) 478-4214.

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