Myth: “Fracking poses no risk to public health.”
Fact: Recent research studies in Pennsylvania have found that drilling and fracking activities have been associated with a 27% increase in cardiology hospitalisations, increased numbers of skin conditions and upper respiratory conditions, and high-risk pregnancy, pre-term birth, and low birth weight in infants.
New York State banned fracking on grounds of serious risk to public health following a rigorous six-year study. Many other parts of the world, including France, Holland, Bulgaria, Tasmania and Victoria (Australia) have all banned fracking due to public health concerns.
“Would I let my family live in a community with fracking? The answer is no. The potential risks of fracking are too great. In fact, they are not even fully known.” – Dr. Howard A. Zucker, NY State Health Commissioner