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Feb 18, 2013 11:44 AM by Eric Ross

$1 million grant for Pa. gas drilling health study

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania health company says it has gotten a $1 million grant to study possible health impacts of natural gas drilling on the Marcellus shale.

Geisinger Health System said Monday that the Degenstein Foundation had awarded the money to help underwrite what it called a "large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment" of the issue.

Most of the money will be used for data-gathering, with some used to develop studies of the data. Officials said they expect other funders to come forward.

The study is to look at detailed health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near wells and other facilities producing natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation. The drilling boom has generated jobs and billions of dollars in revenue for companies and leaseholders, but also raised health concerns.

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