Does unconventional shale gas development impact public health? And in Pennsylvania, does anybody in positions of authority care?
As I wrote here, $2 million of proposed funding that would have supported the establishment of a statewide health registry to track illnesses potentially related to gas drilling was stripped out of the ugly, flawed Act 13 prior to its passage in 2012.
Now, StateImpactPa has reported that two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say employees were instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development.
This is, frankly, a shocking and deeply troubling accusation. It must be investigated thoroughly. If true, those responsible must be held accountable.