Studies on the Hazards of Fracking

Aside from damage done to the global climate by the burning of fossil fuels and releases of methane from gas pipeline infrastructure, there are serious health and safety consequences in regions where oil and gas are extracted, not to mention the discovery of unique bacteria in the wells that seem to have evolved from the conditions of fracking. Working to stop expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and to drastically reduce our over-use of plastics can help halt the harm of these communities.

HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

» Microbial metabolisms in a 2.5-km-deep ecosystem created by hydraulic fracturing in shales
Study by Rebecca A. Daly, Mikayla A. Borton, Michael J. Wilkins, David W. Hoyt, Duncan J. Kountz, Richard A. Wolfe, Susan A. Welch, Daniel N. Marcus, Ryan V. Trexler, Jean D. MacRae, Joseph A. Krzycki, David R. Cole, Paula J. Mouser & Kelly C. Wrighton
May 17, 2016, Published in Nature, September 5, 2017

» Asthma Exacerbations and Unconventional Natural Gas Development (JAMA Internal Medicine)
Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine
July 18, 2016

» Endocrine disrupting activities of surface water associated with a West Virginia oil and gas industry wastewater disposal site
by Christopher D.Kassotis, Luke R.Iwanowicz, Denise M.Akob, Isabelle M.Cozzarelli, Adam C. Mumford, William H.Orem, Susan C.Nagel
July 2016

» Fracking industry wells associated with premature birth
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
October 8, 2015

» Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates
by Thomas Jemielita, George L. Gerton, Matthew Neidell, Steven Chillrud, Beizhan Yan, Martin Stute, Marilyn Howarth, Pouné Saberi, Nicholas Fausti, Trevor M. Penning, Jason Roy, Kathleen J. Propert, Reynold A. Panettieri Jr., Editor: Jaymie Meliker, Stony Brook University, Graduate Program in Public Health
July 15, 2015

» Impact to Underground Sources of Drinking Water and Domestic Wells from Production Well Stimulation and Completion Practices in the Pavillion, Wyoming, Field
by Dominic C. DiGiulio and Robert B. Jackson, Department of Earth System Science, Woods Institute for the Environment, and Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
March 29, 2016

» Unconventional Oil and Gas Spills: Risks, Mitigation Priorities, and State Reporting Requirements
Duke University Study: Lauren A. Patterson, Katherine E. Konschnik, Hannah Wiseman, Joseph Fargione, Kelly O. Maloney, Joseph Kiesecker, Jean-Philippe Nicot, Sharon Baruch-Mordo, Sally Entrekin, Anne Trainor, and James E. Saiers
February 21, 2017

» Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (link to download)
by Physicians for Social Responsibility
November 29, 2016

• NEWS ARTICLES

» Sandra Steingraber, ‘The Harms of Fracking’ Update
Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster, WKNY Radio
December 27, 2020

» UTA research finds dangerous bacteria in groundwater near Texas gas drilling sites
by Jeff Mosier, Energy and Environment Writer, Dallas News
December 1, 2017

» New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells
By Pam Frost Gorder, Ohio State University News
September 5, 2016

» Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health — Here’s Why
Judy Stone , Forbes Magazine Contributor
February 23, 2017

» Study finds 6,600 fracking spills in four states over 10 years
By Brooks Hays, United Press International
February 21, 2017

» Stanford researchers show fracking’s impact to drinking water sources
By Rob Jordan, Stanford News
March 29, 2016

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