Put down your lunch. Wait until all the children are gone from the room. Then watch this disturbing video by The New York Times about air pollution from natural gas drilling and its possible health effects, on both people and (gulp) newborn baby goats.
It's a good time to take a look at the regulation of air emissions from drilling sites, as Pennsylvania's new governor proposes to suspend and reconsider key air pollution controls governing the drilling industry, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Anyone interested in the gold rush of gas extraction in shale formations across the U.S. should read the investigation published by The New York Times on Sunday. The Times uncovered some fascinating new details about how often drilling wastewater is released, only partially treated, back into rivers while it still has naturally occurring radioactive material (picked up underground) in concentrations hundreds of times higher than would be allowed by federal drinking water standards.
UPDATE: On March 2, The Times reported that while drilling companies boast about how often they recycle waste water, these claims are inflated -- and polluted water mixed with radioactive materials is sometimes just dumped on roads, where it can run off into streams or drinking water supplies.