Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

Daily Climate: Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking. We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family’s “dream life” upended.

This is part 1 of our 4-part series, “Fractured,” an investigation of fracking chemicals in the air, water, and people of western Pennsylvania.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa.—In the summer of 2019, 13-year-old Gunnar Bjornson spent most days banging on his drums, playing video games, antagonizing his siblings, wandering outdoors, and scrounging for junk food in his home’s mostly healthy kitchen.

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