Watching Government: Missing in Marcellus debate

At the heart of the Marcellus shale natural gas development debate in Pennsylvania lies a basic question that John H. Quigley feels hasn't been satisfactorily answered: Does gas drilling make people sick? There have been plenty of unsatisfactory answers, Quigley told a conference examining shale gas's potential to dramatically change the US energy outlook on Sept. 25. Groups representing the industry say no health problems ever have been linked to hydraulic fracturing, a key part of tight shale gas production, Quigley said. Opponents insist that problems several residents have reported, as the state's gas production rebounds, are related to the process, he continued. Quigley, who served a...

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