WVU Prof Keeps Up Pressure on Improved Air Quality at Drill Sites

West Virginia University professor and research Dr. Michael McCawley, chairman of the Dept. of Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, is nothing if not persistent. Dr. McCawley is the lead researcher and author of a “raw” report that was done for the WV Dept. of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). The report was on air pollution potential around drilling sites. According to McCawley his original research was ignored by WVDEP (see Did WVDEP Ignore It’s Own Research on Shale Well Air Pollution?). A few weeks ago he took his case directly to WV legislators to tell them existing setback standards are not good enough (see WVU Prof Tells Legislators 625? Setback in Drilling is Not Enough).

McCawley continues to keep up the gentle pressure by keeping the issue alive in the press and in people’s consciousness–and frankly, we admire him for it. We don’t view McCawley as a wild-eyed anti-driller. It appears to us that he’s genuinely concerned with people’s health and with a thriving shale drilling industry. McCawley’s proposed regulatory changes are common sense and would not prevent shale drilling in WV. His latest comments…

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