A report commissioned by Energy In Depth documents economic growth is the central factor in achieving good health and fracking helps deliver that growth.
I served, for several years, on the board of our local hospital, the last five as chair. It was a wonderful experience and one where I learned a great deal about what makes for good health, as we were exposed to regular updates on community health factors. One of things we learned was the role of a healthy economy in achieving good health. That relationship was stated, with much clarity, in a 2005 International Journal of Epidemiology article by M. Harvey Brenner entitled “Economic Growth Is the Basis of Mortality Rate Decline in the 20th Century.” The title, in fact, says it all.
Energy In Depth recently commissioned a report that takes this a step further by examining the role of gas drilling and fracking in producing this economic growth within parts of Pennsylvania. It studies how such growth has affected community health, vis-a-vis mortality rates, in those areas. Readers will not be surprised to learn “the top Marcellus counties experienced declines in mortality rates in most of the indices.”