Rick Shrum, Business reporter for the Observer Reporter reports on the results PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center released in a report titled “The Spreading Shadow of the Shale Gas Boom: Fracking’s Growing Proximity to Day Cares, Schools and Hospitals” which found 462 day care centers, 446 schools and 15 hospitals are located two miles or less from a permitted fracking well site in Pennsylvania.  “We are putting vulnerable populations, particularly children, in the red zone,” Raina Rippel said in a news release. She is the director of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, based in Peters Township.  “Given known asthma rates in Pennsylvania,” Rippel continued, “the proximity of gas drilling industrial activities to care facilities and schools, and the known health impacts of pollution such as diesel emissions, we know these vulnerable populations are at risk.