Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York Publish 6th Edition of Compendium

Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York just published the 6th Edition of “Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media FindingsDemonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction).” You can read this 361-page document here.

The conclusion states,

“All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, human health, public safety, community cohesion, long-term economic vitality, biodiversity, seismic stability, and climate stability.”

“The rapidly expanding body of scientific evidence compiled and referenced in the present volume is massive, troubling, and cries out for decisive action. Across a wide range ofparameters, from air and water pollution to radioactivity to social disruption to greenhouse gas emissions, the data continue to reveal a plethora of recurring problems and harms that cannot be sufficiently averted through regulatory frameworks. There is no evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health directly and without imperiling climate stability upon which public health depends. The only method of mitigating its grave harm to public health and the climate is a complete and comprehensive ban on fracking.”

“In the words of investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk: ‘Industry swore that its cracking rock technology was safe and proven, but science now tells a different story. Brute force combined with ignorance … has authored thousands ofearthquakes … [and] called forth clouds of migrating methane…. The science is complicated but clear: cracking rock with fluids is a chaotic activity and no computer model can predict where those fractures will go. The regulatory record shows that they often go out of zone; extend into water; and rattle existing oil and gas wells, and theserattled wells are leaking more methane.”