Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and Concerned Health Professionals of New York issue report on harmful impacts of fracking, 1,300 peer-reviewed research studies and investigative journalism reports:
Download: Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (5th edition, March 2018)
Colorado School of Public Health research study: “Ambient Nonmethane Hydrocarbon Levels Along Colorado's Northern Front Range: Acute and Chronic Health Risks.”
Abstract from Envir Sci Technology, April 2018
“We found that air pollutant concentrations increased with proximity to an O&G facility, as did health risks. Acute hazard indices for neurological (18), hematological (15), and developmental (15) health effects indicate that populations living within 152 m of an O&G facility could experience these health effects from inhalation exposures to benzene and alkanes. Lifetime excess cancer risks exceeded 1 in a million for all scenarios. The cancer risk estimate of 8.3 per 10 000 for populations living within 152 m of an O&G facility exceeded the United States Environmental Protection Agency's 1 in 10 000 upper threshold.”
The Science of Fracking and Health — TEDX video from the Endocrine Disruption Exchange. Metabolic disrupting potential of unconventional oil and gas operations chemicals and mixtures
Click on image (left) to download an info graphic on how fracking works and the associated risks to our air and water.
Fracking 101 Video
Informative 5-min. video by Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Public Safety Impacts
Mounting medical evidence finds fracking puts our public health & safety at serious risk. According to the study published in Science Advances, children born from mothers who live within two miles of a fracking well are born underweight and with more complications than average newborns. Summary of study below:
"We found evidence for negative health effects of in utero exposure to fracking sites within 3 km of a mother’s residence, with the largest health impacts seen for in utero exposure within 1 km of fracking sites. Negative health impacts include a greater incidence of low–birth weight babies as well as significant declines in average birth weight and in several other measures of infant health."
Download Handout of Health & Safety Impacts (research studies)
Property values decrease when homes are near active well pads. The value of a home dependent on well water near fracking significantly reduces the property value up to 30%. See link (below) to research studies and investigative journalism reports on job data and financial impacts of fracking.