A Study Measuring Air Quality at Fracking Sites Nears Completion

Jun 15, 2018

A three-year study of the possible health effects of fracking on people who live near shale drilling sites is entering its final phase. 

Travis Knuckles is leading the research into fracking and air quality.
Credit WVU School of Public Health

The National Institutes of Health is paying for the research. Travis Knuckles, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is conducting it.

He says the overall study involves multiple aspects of fracking, but the current work focuses on air quality issues near wells that could impact cardiovascular health.

“The fracturing event happened about a year and half ago. And we’ve already collected all of the samples.  We’ve already processed those samples and gotten some data. We just submitted a paper on the chemistry side of it.  And now we’re ready to start the health research side.”

The study is expected to be completed next year.