This story on the health impacts of noise from fracking started life as a press release and converted to a story format. It got several press pick-ups, including quotes, like this article for a West Virginia newspaper network and items in Grist and Fusion. Excited to be doing some news writing with these cool new clients working at the intersection of science and public health.
Modern oil and gas development techniques such as directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," produce noise at levels that may increase the risk of adverse effects on human health, including sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and other conditions that are negatively impacted by stress, according to a study by authors at the nonprofit science and policy research institute PSE Healthy Energy and West Virginia University. It is the first peer-reviewed study to analyze the potential public health impacts of ambient noise related to fracking operations. Read more