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WV: Air Study Finds No Drilling Impact

By Greg Russell

The News and Sentinel is reporting on a recent air study in West Virginia concluding that the state's air quality will not be impacted by natural gas drilling operations in the state:  "The report was created by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Oil and Gas. It looked at the impact of fracking, a process in which water and sand are injected underground to access deposits of shale oil and gas. *** The report relied on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data at a Monongalia County elementary school. *** The report says there were no indications of a public health emergency or threat based on air quality monitoring data."


[Update:  The same appears to be true for a recent study regarding a Pennsylvania compressor station.  See this article from the Lewistown Sentinel ("The Department of Environmental Protection says tests near a natural gas compressor plant in eastern Pennsylvania don't show excessive levels of nitrogen oxide pollution.").]

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