Forum to examine costs of gas boom

A forum next week will seek to advance public understanding of the breadth of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania by examining what science and analysis show about the health effects and economic costs of gas boom, who is paying now, and what the future price is apt to be.

The latest research results of scientists who have been looking into the resulting economic costs and health effects borne by those who live here will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room G-11 of the Heim Science Building at Lycoming College.

The program, “Who Pays?,” will be presented by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in conjunction with the college’s Clean Water Institute and the Responsible Drilling Alliance/Keep It Wild.

The forums feature two research reports the network commissioned from experts. One, by FracTracker Alliance, updates previous scientific studies and journal articles delving into the impacts and risks of hydraulic fracturing on human health. The second study, by ECONorthwest, is a new analysis of the economics of hydraulic fracturing and its industrial development.

This free event is one in a series of forums in each of the state’s three major watersheds.

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