The health department found no cancer cluster. Residents say they want answers about why there are so many cases and whether pollutants from fracking could be involved.
Shale gas off-ramp: Pa.’s fracking boom produces a glut of ethane that’s helping fuel plastics production overseas
The path of a global supply chain often begins on land in western Pennsylvania and winds up half a world away, as the plastics industry increasingly relies on dirt-cheap American shale gas to feed its chemical plants and the globe’s growing hunger for plastics.
It’s taken 18 years of neighborhood organizing, legal battles and EPA investigation to get the trash out. But by the end of the year, 55 acres of contaminated soil will be contained and covered.