Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other technological advances to extract oil and gas rely on toxic chemicals that are linked to an array of health problems. Across the country, mounting evidence has shown that these chemicals are regularly contaminating water and polluting air, putting people at risk.
The scientific literature on the health effects associated with fracking has grown significantly in recent years. A growing number of studies indicate that oil and gas development is associated with adverse health effects. A recent peer-reviewed study analyzing all relevant peer-reviewed literature on these processes found that “the great majority of science contains findings that indicate concerns for public health, air quality and water quality.”
Communities that live, work and play near these drilling and fracking operations—often low-income communities and communities of color—have already been subject to short-term illnesses, which can be early signs of long-term illnesses to come. With more than 17 million Americans living within a mile of fracking and drilling sites, the potential public health impacts are grave.
Considering the substantial weight of the scientific evidence demonstrating risks and harms, fracking and other forms of dangerous drilling must be stopped to protect public health. Health professionals and public health experts are joining the march in Philadelphia outside the Democratic National Convention this July 24 because it’s time to advance a clean energy future in which everyone’s environment is good for their health.
Visit the March for a Clean Energy Revolution at http//www.cleanenergymarch.org.