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Speakers to present health info in relation to shale risks tonight
Monday, May 20, 2013
DUBOIS - Several speakers will be assembling at DuBois American Legion George D. Montgomery Post No. 17 today at 7 p.m. to present information on the health risks that can arise in individuals who live near shale gas production.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
As shale gas drilling has become popular in Pennsylvania, this presentation will inform attendees of the risks that may be present in the immediate area.
Jenny Lisak, director of Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air, says, "This will be a unique opportunity to hear from health professionals as well as those who have been directly affected by shale gas drilling."
The speakers who will be appearing include former New York Legislator and member of the committee to preserve the Finger Lakes, as well as the Coalition to Protect New York, Jack Ossont; Maura Stephens, who spent 19 years in various editorial positions at Newsweek and Newsweek International, and is currently the associate director at Park Center for Independent Media, Department of Journalism; and Larysa Dyrska, M.D., a retired pediatrician and advocate for children's right to health.
Speaking along with them will be three former employees of gas drilling from Pennsylvania. Robert Lee McCaslin, master driller since 1979, has worked in the industry in many states. Rick "Mac" Sawyer said his health has been seriously compromised as a result of his employment with the gas drilling industry. Joe Giovannini, former stonemason, said he was forced to leave his home as a result of gas industry activities.
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