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Published on Feb 28, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

Health Clinic Opens to Aid Washington County Residents Affected by Marcellus Shale

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Washington county residents who live near any of the 700 Marcellus Shale gas wells in their county can finally receive the help they have been waiting for. A new medical clinic aimed at addressing local concerns over potential health risks associated with the rapid development of natural gas drilling has just opened on Washington Road in McMurray.

Sponsored by the nonprofit organization known as the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, this new program will help area residents better understand how fracking chemicals enter water and air pathways, as well as evaluate any subsequent health problems that may arise from the contamination of these pathways.

Washington County has more gas wells than any other county in southwestern Pennsylvania. The sites can have serious health impacts on people in surrounding areas because of the potential for air and water pollution from drill rigs, holding tanks, compressor stations, and diesal truck traffic. The Environmental Health Project states that air and water contamination can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Stomach aches
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Cognitive difficulties

Additionally, individuals with underlying lung diseases or asthma could be an increased risk for respiratory problems.

Washington County residents are encouraged to stop by or make an appointment at the new health office if they believe their health has deteriorated because of exposure to pollutants from the county's Marcellus Shale fracking sites.

Have You Been Injured by Marcellus Shale Drilling?

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Source: "First-ever shale health office opens." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 21, 2012.
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