There has been a gas drilling boom in Southwestern PA as well as NorthEastern PA.
Residents here are complaining of negative health impacts, negative impacts on their property values, and the gas companies doing their best to avoid any efforts the community has made to protect itself — like, for example, not allowing drilling right next to schools.
If there was anyone in the audience who supported gas drilling, he or she didn’t speak up.
Pam Judy of Carmichaels told the commissioners how members of her family have been affected by a drilling operation on property adjacent to their home.
“They sound as if it’s a jet engine. It rattles the windows in our house,” she said. “We’ve experienced sore throats, headaches, runny noses, muscle aches and fatigue. Our children have experienced nosebleeds. I’ve had dizziness, vomiting and vertigo.”