Health impacts

Screen shot 2014-07-31 at 21.09.21This very recent (July 2014) report by Concerned Health Professionals of New York State summarises the known health impacts of fracking.

The Executive Summary demonstrates evidence of risks, harms and associated trends” under the following headings:

  • Air pollution
  • Water contamination
  • Inherent engineering problems that worsen with time
  • Radioactive releases
  • Occupational health and safety hazards
  • Noise pollution, light pollution and stress
  • Earthquake and seismic activity
  • Abandoned and active oil and natural gas wells (as pathways for gas and fluid migration)
  • Flood risks
  • Threats to agriculture and soil quality
  • Threats to the climate system
  • Inaccurate jobs claims, increased crime rates, and threats to property value and mortgages
  • Inflated estimates of oil and gas reserves and profitability
  • Disclosure of serious risks to investors
  • Medical and Scientific calls for more study and more transparency

Unfortunately the document is a pdf so we cannot copy and paste it here. However, you can read it online here. Or download the document here.