A new article by Dr. Alan Petersen opens with this line, "As a doctor and as a person of faith, I believe the only prescription for methane pollution is action."
Read the entire article at UCC.org here. Here's an excerpt:
"In a study published in 2017, increases in infant mortality averaging 29% were seen in 10 counties in Pennsylvania with fracking operations, while the rest of the state saw a decrease in infant mortality of 2.4%.
Recent data show that 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within a half-mile of active gas and oil operations. Children are especially vulnerable to air pollution, and over 1,300 schools are located within a half-mile of oil and gas operations. More than 31,000 Pennsylvania children will suffer asthma attacks due to ozone from this industry. Adults are also harmed by ozone exposure, with 67,000 person-days of restricted activity in Pennsylvania linked to breathing higher levels of pollution from this industry."