Asthma attacks happen more often for people living near fracking sites. That is what a study released Monday found among Pennsylvania’s natural gas developments in the Marcellus Shale region.
Researchers found that living near bigger or a larger number of fracking sites could increase chances of an asthma attack between 1.5 and 4.4 times — depending on if the site was in the preparation, drilling, fracking, or production phase. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Pennsylvania’s fracking industry has been linked to a number of issues including radioactive gas in homes, water contamination, and constructing wells mostly in low-income communities.
Sara Rasmussen, lead author of the study, told ThinkProgress that asthma is common and costly to the country as a whole. Anything that could be exasperating asthma requires public health attention.