A final comprehensive study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released in December 2016, concluded that hydraulic fracturing impacts drinking water under some circumstances. The EPA’s science adviser said the report requires more research and study.
According to a report from The Dominion Post on Jan. 1, West Virginia University has completed a study claiming the noise from fracking operations can have negative health effects. These noises can lead to anger and anxiety, sleep disturbance, high blood pressure, hypertension and heart disease.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a permit application that would allow nine oil and gas companies to harm five endangered bat species. The permit would apply to Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia for 50 years. — KaLeigh Underwood