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)

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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.”

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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

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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

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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)

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Economic Impacts

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.

Download Handout on Economic Impacts