Poor Communities Bear Greatest Burden From Fracking

A new study in Scientific American says people who live in poor areas are more likely be be fracked. The study dsays fracking wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region are disproportionately located in poor rural communities, which bear the brunt of associated pollution..
The study incrases concerns that poor people are more likely to deal with hydraulic fracturing in their community. It also raises concerns that such vulnerable populations will suffer the potential health impacts of air and water pollution associated with pulling gas from the ground.
However industry groups say hydraulic fracturing is in rural farming regions of Pennsylvania out of necessity and is providing some much needed economic stimulus.



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