StateImpact report: Emergency services face troubling paradox

    Emergency services in drilling-heavy Pennsylvania counties are facing a potentially dangerous trend: as permanent population fell, 911 call activity spiked according to a StateImpact story by writer Scott Detrow.

    StateImpact says it sought 911 data from 10 state counties with the most active wells in 2010.

    In their research, StateImpact found that 911 activity spiked as high as 46 percent in one case.

    According to StateImpact, seven of the eight drilling counties that responded experienced an increase in 911 calls or incidents.  At the same time, census numbers revealed a dip in the permanent populations of most of those communities.

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