In Fracking Fight, a Worry About How Best to Measure Health Threats

by Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica, April 1, 2014, 12:43 p.m.

There are more than 6,000 active gas wells in Pennsylvania. And every week, those drilling sites generate scores of complaints from the state’s residents, including many about terrible odors and contaminated water.

How the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection handles those complaints has worsened the already raw and angry divide between fearful residents and the state regulators charged with overseeing the burgeoning gas drilling industry.