Health officials want studies of natural gas projects

By Christian M. Wade, Statehouse News
June 25, 2019

Health officials cite studies suggesting a link between stovetop cooking using gas, and high rates of childhood asthma and other respiratory ailments. Others note the increased air pollution from thousands of leaks along natural gas lines that — not to mention the hazards of explosions and fires.

They want the Baker administration to require assessments for any new natural gas projects to gauge potential risks to the public.

“Our current reliance on natural gas is harmful to human health during extraction, shipment, delivery and use,” said Dr. Madeleine Scammell, an environmental health professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health, at a briefing on Tuesday. “Investments in gas infrastructure should require full assessment of the physical and chemical hazards.”

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Boards of Health Urge Caution About Health Risks of Fracked Gas Infrastructure

The Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) are asking Boards of Health to sign on to a letter to Governor Baker, asking him to consider and appropriately address the health hazards of fracked gas infrastructure development.

Fracked gas contains a lot of threats to public health:
• cancer causing chemicals like benzene
• radioactive elements like radon
• small particles that cause respiratory damage and asthma

So far, 100 Boards of Health have approved signing onto it!

Residents of our other towns and cities to should ask their Board of Health to sign on to this letter as well. It would be a powerful message to send if every municipality in the state signed on!

Signing on to this letter to the Governor makes public health sense:
• asks that an independent comprehensive health impact study be done be approving any new infrastructure
• asks for priority for developing renewable energy sources and efficiency to cut down on fossil fuel use and emissions

» Sign on Letter to Governor Baker
» North Adams Board of Health Letter
» Amherst Board of Health Letter
» Northampton Board of Health Letter
» Massachusetts Medical Society Adopted Policy on Gas Infrastructure

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 8.19.45 PM Check this list to check if your town or city’s Board of Health
has or hasn’t already signed on



» Amherst Board asks Baker for more data on natural gas pipelines
Daily Hampshire Gazette
October 25, 2017

» Letter to the Editor: Health risks of fracked gas infrastructure
by T. Stephen Jones
Daily Hampshire Gazette
June 30, 2017

For more information, please contact:
— T. Stephen Jones, MD (AKA Steve Jones)
t.stephen.jones@gmail.com and cell 413 320 9417

— Michelle Brooks
michele.brooks@sierraclub.org and phone (617) 423-5775

For further research & information:
“Natural Gas Infrastructure and Public Health”

This conference from Boston is available on video online, along with the PDF of the program. This Conference was co-sponsored by the MAHB, Mass Health Professionals for Clean Energy, Mass. Medical Society, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Policy Action, Union of Concerned Scientists, Health Care Without Harm, and Boston University. Conference Date: 1/30/2018

»» Studies and presentations on the Health Effects of Natural Gas Infrastructure

» AMA to Protect Human Health from the Effects of Climate Change by Ending its Investments in Fossil Fuel Companies (Divestment)

American Association of Public Health Professionals, June 2018


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