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Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates

This study in densely fracked Pennsylvania showed that both proximity and density of fracked wells per square mile was correlated with the number of hospitalisation rates for cardiological patients. The number of hospitalisations of patients with dermatological, oncological, neurological, and urological conditions was directly correlated with well densitiy at the patients’ zip code.
Further studies are needed to address healthcare costs of unconventional oil and gas development and to determine whether specific toxicants or combinations are associated with organ-specific responses.

Bibliography:
Thomas Jemielita, George L. Gerton, Matthew Neidell, Steven Chillrud, Beizhan Yan, Martin Stute, Marilyn Howarth, Pouné Saberi, Nicholas Fausti, Trevor M. Penning, Jason Roy, Kathleen J. Propert, Reynold A. Panettieri Jr.
Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates
PLoS ONE 10(7): e0131093. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131093

Correction
28 Aug 2015: Jemielita T, Gerton GL, Neidell M, Chillrud S, Yan B, et al. (2015) Correction: Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates. PLoS ONE 10(8): e0137371. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137371 View correction

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