Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

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Radon is a colorless, odorless gas. It is produced by the decay of uranium, a radioactive mineral found in most soils. The gas seeps into homes and buildings and can reach dangerous levels in poorly ventilated areas. Radon is suspected to come from the radioactive materials that are brought to the surface by the drilling process.

- 1669 - [April 2014] - The Baltimore Sun, Sharelines - "Study links radon levels in Pennsylvania homes to fracking"
"A new study by Johns Hopkins researchers links elevated levels of radioactive radon in Pennsylvania homes to the flurry of natural gas wells drilled across the state using the controversial technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
In a paper published online Thursday in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers with Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health reported that radon levels in Pennsylvania homes have been on the rise since 2004, with the greatest increases in counties with the most wells drilled."
- 1671 - [October 1, 2014] - The Tyee, Andrew Nikiforuk, Today, - "Fracking Increases Radon Gas Hazard, US Study Finds"
"Another major U.S. health study has found that the hydraulic fracking of unconventional rock formations can liberate and accelerate the release of radon, a highly carcinogenic gas.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that radon levels in U.S. homes in Pennsylvania have been on the rise ever since fracking of the Marcellus shale began in 2004."
- 1696 - [April 20, 2015] - ehp | Environmental health Perspectives, Joan A. Casey, Elizabeth L. Ogburn, Sara G. Rasmussen, Jennifer K. Irving, Jonathan Pollak, Paul A. Locke, and Brian S. Schwartz - "Predictors of Indoor Radon Concentrations in Pennsylvania, 1989–2013"
"Radon is the second - leading cause of lung cancer worldwide . Most indoor exposure occurs by diffusion of soil gas. Radon is also found in well water, natural gas and ambient air. Pennsylvania has high indoor radon concentrations; buildings are often tested during real estate transactions with results reported to the Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP).
Using first floor and basement indoor radon results reported to the PADEP between 1987 - 2013, we evaluated associations of radon concentrations (ln-transformed) with geology, water source, building characteristics, season, weather, community socioeconomic status, community type and unconventional natural gas development measures based on drilled and producing wells."
- 1734 - [December 19, 2014] - WWVU Public Broadcasting, Glynis Board - "Radioactive Gas Pollution Linked to Fracking? Some Experts Say ‘No Way,’ Others Say ‘Of Course'"
"A new study of a radioactive, carcinogenic gas has grabbed the attention of news outlets and both pro and anti-fracking groups alike. The study published earlier this month says increases of radon gas in people’s homes in Pennsylvania coincide with the horizontal drilling boom. Some geological researchers in the region are skeptical while others aren’t at all surprised."