No Cash Flowing To Watch Safety Of Water Supply During Hydrofracking

08.02.12 | Sarah Harnisch

No one wants to pay to see if gas drilling hurts the public water supply. A U.S. House Committee in June turned down an Obama administration request to pay for research on how drilling may affect water quality. In the spring, Pennsylvania stopped 2-million dollars in funding from a program that tracks respiratory problems, skin conditions and stomach ailments related to drilling. Bernard Goldstein, Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, says there hasn't been a full scale medical review yet. He says comprehensive research on possible damage to water from drilling simply hasn't started, so "no one can make educated decisions."