A well-formulated and much-advertised plan by two Pennsylvania-based health companies to study the results of gas drilling is still in the initial stages as the companies look for grants to aid their project. A second group that has been looking for comparable solutions is focusing on the quality of the air, as the workers who have complained of health problems related to drilling will not answer questions about those problems.
Gas drilling has experienced a tremendous surge in recent years. It has generated thousands of new jobs in an economy where unemployment is rampant. But is it safe? Many argue that it is, while others contend it is harmful to the public, particularly those living close to the drilling areas.
Earlier this month, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill into law that will help protect Marcellus Shale workers.