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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest air emissions trend report confirms Appalachian Basin air quality continues to improve, even as the region leads the nation in natural gas production. In particular, the EPA data show that the region’s sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions decreased 72 percent from 2002 to 2014. …

A familiar team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), has released yet another study trying to link fracking to health ailments. This time the research team — which includes a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, an anti-fossil fuel organization …

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Pa. Department of Health (DOH) recently released two companion reports on shale development in the Commonwealth that have encouraging findings: There is little risk of shale development harming public health. As a follow-up to its short-term ambient air analysis in 2010, DEP …

As a handful of anti-fossil fuel activists attempt to use blood tests as evidence of harmful impacts of oil and gas, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is yet again putting on display their ability to engage with communities and respond directly to the concerns posed by …

UPDATE (7/3/18, 10:40 AM EST): Denver7 is unable to comment on CDPHE’s presentation to the Erie Board of Trustees in June because they were unaware of it. They are considering future coverage now that it has come to their attention. They did note they have reached out to CDPHE during …

The latest study from activist research team Susan Nagel (Univ. of Missouri) and Chris Kassotis (Duke Univ.) attempts to connect fracking to obesity in people living in close proximity to shale development. The team – who has previously attempted to link shale development to impaired immune systems, low sperm counts, …

Environmental think tank Resources for the Future (RFF) recently released six issues briefs on hydraulic fracturing that summarize RFF Senior Research Associate Daniel Raimi’s book “The Fracking Debate.” These briefs tackle a wide range of topics, including climate change, health, earthquakes, water quality, local governments and the economy. Notably, the …

Colorado heath regulators are out with new findings, showing yet again, a “low risk of long-term harmful health effects due to VOC exposure” from nearby oil and natural gas development.

A new study released Tuesday purports to find “the first evidence that chemicals found in ground water near fracking sites can impair the immune system.” Importantly, the report’s alarmist topline finding is not based on water samples taken near fracking sites or fracking fluid itself. Instead, it’s based on the evaluation of baby mice whose mothers were continuously exposed to a concoction of 23 “fracking chemicals” at extremely high concentrations during pregnancy.

Give credit where credit is due — University of Colorado Public Health professor Lisa McKenzie must be moonlighting as a public relations professor/professional given that she sure knows how to work the earned media front, releasing reports that achieve one scary, fear-mongering headline after the other. In fact, we’ve seen …