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A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fr...

Dear Commissioner Martens: In September 2012, you asked Dr. Shah, then Commissioner of Health, to initiate a Public Health Review of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF).  I assumed responsibility for this review when Dr. Shah left.  It became clear during this assessment that DOH’s Public Health Review needed...

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing He...

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of uncertainty over the disputed method of natural gas extraction. State officials concluded that fracking, as the method is known, could contaminate the air and water and pose inestimable dangers to public health. That conclusion was delivered during a...

Broadview Heights activists sue Ohio Gov. John Kas...

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – A local activist group that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods has sued the state of Ohio and Gov. John Kasich in an attempt to stop drilling here. Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, based in Broadview Heights, says the city’s Community Bill of Rights – which voters approved in 2012 and which bans future wells – supersedes a state law that allows...

Groups sue state over ‘illegal’ fracki...

State officials illegally have approved 30 permits allowing the storage and treatment of fracking waste, two environmental groups claimed in a lawsuit filed in Columbus yesterday. The lawsuit asks the Franklin County Court of Appeals to revoke the permits, thus closing the waste-handling sites, and order the Department of Natural Resources to create legally required rules regulating the operations. The Dispatch previously...

Fracking chemicals’ untold threat to reproductive ...

There’s a lot we don’t know about the potential health impacts of fracking operations on the people who live in their vicinity. But researchers say we should start paying attention.  In a new paper published in the journal Reviews on Environmental Health, researchers led by the University of Missouri’s Susan Negel conducted a review of some 150 papers published over the past 40 years examining the effects that...

Canadians Scientists Discover That Old Gas Wells L...

The steel casing and cement sheathing in an oil and gas well are designed to last for as long as the productive life of the well. About twenty years for a conventional well. About ten for a shale well. Long before that many of them leak, and sometime after the end of their productive life, they will all leak. Because ferrous metals are not immortal.  Particularly when awash in brine. Horizontal (“deviated” in Canada)...

COMPENDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, AND MEDIA FINDI...

Foreword to the Second Edition The Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium) is a fully-referenced compilation of the evidence for the risks and harms of fracking that brings together findings from the scientific and medical literature, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigation. It is a public, open-access document that is housed on...

Study Links Fracking to Infertility, Miscarriages,...

The controversial method of oil and gas development behind the U.S. energy boom may pose potent risks to children and pregnant women. A new study links shale oil and gas development to a host of developmental and reproductive health risks, and says the processes involved – including hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – pose a particularly potent threat to what researchers called “our most vulnerable...

New Study Claims US Shale Gas Quantities Grossly E...

US government estimates of the amount of natural gas that can be extracted by fracking may be far too optimistic, according to a new study by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. In 2013, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) issued a report saying that, according to its analysis, shale wells, which require fracking to release their gas, would be productive at current levels for “over 30 years,” that is, at...

Duke Study: Fracking Is Leaving Radioactive Pollut...

Residents near the Marcellus Shale Gas Field have long been wondering whether their water is safe to drink. A new study from Duke University is likely to further stoke fears. Geochemists have found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a fracking disposal site near Blacklick Creek, which feeds into water sources for Pittsburgh and other western Pennsylvania cities. The Duke scientists spent two years, from 2010...