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Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department conducting oil and gas health survey

Updated: Tuesday, March 25 2014, 06:31 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. –     Does oil and gas drilling have any impact on our health? That's the question the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department is looking to answer.
And officials are asking for your help by completing a survey on their website.
Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator Howard Gamble said they’ll use the data to foster any rules and regulations that may be necessary to control the industry as it affects public health.
Ohio County is the first in West Virginia to collect health-related data to see if there is a connection with the drilling industry.
The survey focuses on heart and lung health, but also looks into other issues such as lack of sleep perhaps from any noise from nearby fracking and drilling sites.
Previously, the department had to rely on other states without any local data.
“We don't have anything that says this is what we are seeing in the community around an oil and gas industry,” Gamble said. “Whether it’s a compressor station, a drill site, etc. and that's what we need. We need to have local data.”
Gamble said they plan to collect data for at least a year if not longer.
Once enough data comes in, the results will be posted on their website and sent to West Virginia University to pair it with air-quality testing for better results.
“For us in public health, it is a huge starting point to say this is what we have and what's going on,” Gamble said.
The survey takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and all data is kept confidential and will be used for research purposes only.
To take the survey, visit:

http://www.ohiocountyhealth.com/survey

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department conducting oil and gas health survey


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