What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah: A Fracking Boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions by Paul Solotaroff, July 2, 2015, Rolling Stone
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2015 06 19: The latest version of the PSE database analysis, which includes all peer-reviewed publications from January 1, 2009 – June 16, 2015 that are directly applicable to assessing the various impacts of shale and tight gas development, is now available
1. As of June 16, 2015, there were 555 publications. This includes studies, commentaries, and reviews on everything from methane emissions to economics (see 12 categories in database). This does not include papers on drilling strategies, reservoir evaluations, and other technical papers that are not directly relevant to measuring the impacts of shale gas development.
2. Of the 555 publications, nearly 80% (438) have been published in the past 2.5 years (since January 1, 2013).
3. Of the 555 publications, over 50% (296) have been published in the past 1.5 years (since January 1, 2014).
4. Health: 84% of original research indicates potential public health risks or actual adverse health outcomes. When review articles and commentaries were included this became 94%.
5. Water: 69% of original research indicates potential, positive association, or actual incidence of water contamination.
6. Air: 88% of original research indicates elevated air pollutant emissions and/or atmospheric concentrations.
2015 02 14: Sounds like Alberta (Again)! Utah energy boomtown turns on midwife who raised concerns over apparent spike in infant deaths: “Could the deaths be tied to the oil industry, the region’s economic powerhouse?”