Physicians for Social Responsibility issue report on harmful impacts of fracking

Download Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (5th edition, 2018)


Click on image (left) to download an info graphic on the risks of fracking to our air and water.

Fracking 101 Video

Informative 5-min. video by Anthony Ingraffea, Cornell University Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor  

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. (See link below listing research on Public Health & Safety Impacts.)

"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 peer-reviewed studies

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. (Please see link below for research on financial impacts of O&G development.) Industry often exaggerates the number of jobs from fracking. In Colorado, only 11,000 jobs are linked to oil and gas development, as compared to 66,000 jobs in renewable energy.

Download studies on economic impacts