Some health concerns surrounding Pa. natural gas industry muted

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    A natural gas drilling pad in Pennsylvania.(Lindsay Lazarski/for WHYY)

    A natural gas drilling pad in Pennsylvania.(Lindsay Lazarski/for WHYY)

    WHYY reporter Katie Colaneri talks with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller about the culture of silence uncovered at the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    Companies have drilled more than 6,000 wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale over the last six years, making the state’s natural gas production the fastest growing in the U.S.

    Amid the rapid growth in drilling, public health advocates have expressed concern that Pennsylvania has not funded research to examine the potential health impacts of the shale boom.

    Two retirees from the state Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling.

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