KNOW YOUR PATIENTS’ ZIP CODES.
With environmental exposure, proximity matters. You can determine how close your patients live to shale gas development with tools available from both the DEP Oil and Gas maps (DEPMAPS) and FracTracker maps (FTMAPS). FracTracker tool instructions are available on EHP’s website. Both sites allow you to measure the distance between two points. If you know your patients’ addresses, you can see what infrastructure is located near where they live, work, go to school, or play.
These maps do not show all gas-related infrastructure, but do show wells and most compressor stations and processing plants. Other infrastructure, like pig launching stations , metering stations, and pipelines are not shown. FracTracker has a separate map showing where gas storage wells are in the tri-state area – PA, OH, WV.
Exposures can happen where your patients spend a significant amount of time. So if you suspect environmental exposure as the cause of symptoms, you may need to explore what infrastructure is near where they spend time.