Chesapeake PSR

New Report on Fracking Health Risks Released

Climate Change and EnergyTimothy WhitehouseComment

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) and other groups sent this letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan summarizing a new report, Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking, Third Edition. The report on health and fracking, compiled by Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility, found that drinking water contamination from drilling and fracking-related activities has now been documented definitively; dangerous levels of fracking air pollution are being documented, including in people’s homes, at levels known to have adverse health effects; negative health outcomes are now appearing in the medical literature with strong associations to drilling and fracking operations; occupational health and safety risks are significant and likely under-reported; and that growing evidence demonstrates that regulations are simply not capable of preventing harm.