*Update* LISTEN: Author of New Report Discusses Mortality Rate Declines in the Marcellus
*Update* December 19, 2017: Susan Mickley, MPH joins Inside Shale News host, Kyle Wiggs, to discuss the new report on mortality rates in the Marcellus. Listen in here at about the three minute mark to learn more about that report from the author or you can download the audio here: Inside Shale News – December 19, 2017.
Susan Mickley, MPH – the author of a new report that reviews Pennsylvania Department of Health data on mortality rates in the most drilled counties in the Marcellus – was on Shale Gas News over the weekend. Listen in around the 16-minute mark to learn more about her report and the multitude of things wrong with a study released last week on infant birth weights near well sights in the Marcellus.
Here are those key findings discussed on the show:
- “There was no identifiable impact on death rates in the six counties attributable to the introduction of unconventional oil and gas development. In fact, the top Marcellus counties experienced declines in mortality rates in most of the indices.”
- “The proportion of elderly-to-total population increased significantly in the top Marcellus counties compared to the state. Based on this fact, death rates in these six counties would be expected to increase, but this expected increase did not occur.”
- “Unconventional gas development was not associated with an increase in infant mortality in the top Marcellus counties, as the mortality rate significantly declined (improved), even surpassing the improvement of the state.”
- “Unconventional gas development was not associated with an increase in deaths related to chronic lower respiratory disease (including asthma) in the top Marcellus counties, as the overall chronic lower respiratory disease mortality rate declined (improved) or was variable for the six-county area. The only exception was Greene County where the increased mortality rate was consistent with the increase in the elderly population.”
- “During the period that unconventional gas development was introduced to these counties, the trends reflected a positive economic change in the area. Therefore, any increases in the death rates in the top Marcellus counties cannot be associated with negative changes to the economic viability of the population.”
- “Unconventional gas development was not associated with an increase in deaths related to cancer, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, influenza or pneumonia, nephritis or nephrotic syndrome, or septicemia in the top Marcellus counties, as the mortality rates significantly declined (improved).”