The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has opened a public health registry aimed at tracking and eventually analyzing the impacts of shale gas development on people living near wells, impoundments, compressor stations and pipelines.
The voluntary registry is designed to collect data that physicians and researchers can use to measure and better understand the public health impacts of shale gas development, said Jill Kriesky, associate director of the Environmental Health Project in McMurray.
“We’re asking questions about demographics, how close a participant lives to an unconventional oil or gas site, what exposures they’ve had through air and water, and what health symptoms they have or had and how closely those can be associated with the shale gas development activity,” Ms. Kriesky said. “We hope to get a better idea about the influence of proximity and timing to their conditions.”
The registry, which can be accessed via computer but not cell phone, officially opened Friday after a “soft launch” in January. Anyone living, working or going to school within five miles of a shale gas development site, is invited to visit the online registry.