Wednesday, July 16, 2014
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health says its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.
Health Secretary Michael Wolf tells The Associated Press that the department is working to do research with other public and private partners, such as hospitals.
Wolf's predecessor said last week that the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of drilling.
Wolf says he hasn't spoken directly to Gov. Tom Corbett about studying health impacts from one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms, but he has spoken to Corbett's staff.
The industry says drilling is safe and that natural gas has helped reduce overall air pollution.