PSE Energy Quarterly is the newsletter of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy, a nonprofit research institute dedicated to supplying evidence-based scientific and technical information on the public health, environmental, and climate dimensions of energy production and use.
PA Residents Shoulder Health Impacts of State’s Oil and Gas Waste
More than 80 percent of all waste from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas drilling operations stays inside the state, according to a new study, led by PSE Research Associate Lee Ann Hill, that tracks the disposal locations of liquid and solid waste from these operations across 26 years. Numerous human health hazards have been associated with waste from oil and gas extraction, including potential exposure to compounds known to cause cancer. The study is the first comprehensive assessment of Pennsylvania’s liquid and solid waste-disposal practices, tracking from 1991 – when the state began collecting waste-disposal information – through 2017.