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Top U.S. environmental health expert says national study of oil and gas health impacts is warranted

A recent ProPublica report includes comments by Dr. Christopher Portier, the director of the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the National Center for Environmental Health. Regarding the health impacts of living near oil and gas operations, Dr. Portier, our nation's top environmental health expert, stated "In some communities it has been a disaster." Dr. Portier makes clear that reports of health symptoms to date raise serious and credible concerns that warrant a systematic nationwide study to track people living close to drilling. Unfortunately, no funding is available for such a study, but at least some smaller community studies are moving ahead. We support funding for solid scientific investigation into this issue. States have not been tracking or investigating reports of health symptoms either. The Pennsylvania Governor's Marcellus advis...

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