Remember the news posted a while back that shale development caused asthma attacks? As I said at the time, it was nothing more than FAKE NEWS. Here is more proof that it was all false and was nothing more than fear mongering from our resident Chicken Little.
When researchers at Johns Hopkins University released a study last July that suggested that fracking causes asthma attacks, EID noted that it was a bit odd that the researchers didn’t include county-by-county comparisons between areas in Pennsylvania with and without shale development – which presumably would have been a slam dunk if their conclusions were sound, right?
Perhaps that’s because those conclusions weren’t sound according to Pennsylvania Department of Health data that show that heavily-drilled counties within the study area have far lower age-adjusted rates of asthma hospitalizations than nine counties in the study area that have no shale gas production at all.
Marcellus Shale development is not negatively impacting asthma hospitalization rates.