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Recent Achievements

Fractured: The Body Burden of Living Near Fracking (2021)​

In March 2021, Environmental Health News (EHN) released a first-rate and cutting-edge investigative report by journalist Kristina Marusic on the health impacts of living near fracking. EHP staff including Dave Brown, Sherry Van Lange, Alison Steele, and Jessa Chabeau, as well as EHP’s former executive director, Raina Rippel, guided EHN in its research.

Report 1 of the Forty-Third Statewide Investigating Grand Jury (2020)

On June 25, 2020, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released “Report 1 of the Forty-Third Statewide Investigating Grand Jury,” which examined shale gas operations in the state. The report, as well as AG Shapiro’s press conference releasing it, presented clear evidence that shale gas development puts public health at risk. The report relied extensively upon EHP’s work. The full report is available here.

Community Meeting on Childhood Cancers in SWPA (2019)

Of our accomplishments in Washington County, a notable moment for our organization was the 2019 community meeting we held in Canonsburg, where more than 200 community members met to discuss childhood cancers in the SWPA region. This meeting propelled a movement to open discussions on the topic and encouraged further research on the health impacts of shale gas development.

Meeting with European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research, and Energy (2015)

In March 2015, EHP Regional Manager Jessa Chabeau and Nurse Practitioner Leni Resick collaborated with nine members of the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) to discuss unconventional natural gas development and associated emerging health effects. ITRE attendees included individuals from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and the United Kingdom.

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