PA Rep.’s Hilarious Fracking and STD Statement May Be True (Updated)
Turns out, Lancaster Democrat Rep. Mike Sturla may have been right about Marcellus Shale drillers “spreading sexually transmitted disease amongst the womenfolk” all along. To prove that point, the tippiest of all Hat Tips goes to Keystone Politics, who show us a Troy Community Hospital Study which said, among the problems near drilling sites (besides an ignorance of local regulations) are “an increase in sexually transmitted diseases” and “an increase in drug use and specifically ‘bath salts.’” They cite a Penn State report, as well, which lists “infectious diseases” such as STDs as a problem near drilling sites.
Given the horrendous implications of what might leak down to Philadelphia water should any Shale fracking go wrong, we’re a little freaked out about what else might come with the salty, poisonous ground fluid now, considering Philadelphia’s STD statistics are in Louisiana territory.
So, why the increase? They’re just Hardwerkin’ Common Keystone Folk like you and me, here to make a buck, right? Working hard?
Yes and no. Studies show a majority of Marcellus Shale parasites come from out of state (though sources also show many are from Pennsylvania, as well), specifically from the South where religious interests have taken over and/or muzzled sex ed and science, and where STDs are much higher per capita, if you’re to believe this incredible (and huge) chart that was linked to Phawker last year:
After this whole “Lancaster Democrat says you have diseases” thing was blogged by more sites than just Your PhillyNow yesterday, Sturla attempted to clarify his statement, saying calling female Pennsylvanians “womenfolk” is actually how the drillers think of them, and we all just didn’t get his wit. “That’s how I viewed how guys from Texas and Oklahoma that are coming in to Pennsylvania view the women in Pennsylvania,” he said.
Many on the left are calling criticism of Sturla a “shoot the messenger” attempt by the GOP and big business Shale interests.
“Everyone that I’ve talked to related to health issues in the Northern Tier says sexually transmitted disease have spiked,” Sturla said. And everyone he talked to, womenfolk included (?), may be right.
UPDATE: …And on the other hand, the evidence showing STDs around fracking sites may be, uh, anecdotal?