UPenn Fracking Study Can't Give Plaintiffs Causation

Law360, New York (July 30, 2015, 11:39 AM EDT) -- A recently released study from scientists at the University of Pennsylvania suggesting a link between gas drilling in two northeastern Pennsylvanian counties and increased hospital visits for cardiac and neurological complaints should not result in an outburst of viable personal injury lawsuits against natural gas exploration and production companies.

The peer-reviewed study, "Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates," was published in the journal PLOS ONE. It represents the latest in a line of studies purporting to establish health-related effects from unconventional drilling extraction methods, including the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing. Significant limitations in the...

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