New Findings

Fracturing is so dangerous that recently Environment America delivered letters from more than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to President Obama asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health.

The American Public Health Association has published a policy statement titled “The Environmental and Occupational Health Impacts of High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing of Unconventional Gas Reserves”. This policy statement addresses, among other topics, chemical exposure, hazard reduction, response to disasters, prevention of silicosis and public health issues, especially for children.

The Pennsylvania Alliance For Clean Water And Air has been compiling a list of residents and workers from around the country who have been harmed by fracturing, the “List of the Harmed” is up to 5098.

Areas where fracking has taken hold are fighting increased crime rates. Example here:

Illinois citizens are increasingly concerned about the impact of fracturing in their communities. Several Illinois counties and municipalities have, or intend to place questions on the March primary ballot to ban fracking. One example is Johnson County:

Fracking has been banned in other states, as well as globally. To see the growing list of bans or ban actions in progress:

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale finds Southern IL voters are evenly divided over whether fracturing should be encouraged for its economic benefits or discouraged because of its environmental impact. Of those polled 40.7 percent said it should be encouraged and 39.7 percent said it should be discouraged. About 20 percent had no opinion.

The Center for Public Integrity, Inside Climate News and The Weather Channel have recently examined what Texas, the nation’s biggest oil producer, has done to protect people in Eagle Ford from the fracking industry’s pollutants. The study revealed, among other things, a flawed air monitoring system, industry “self-auditing”, rare fines for violations, and a 100-percent statewide increase in unplanned toxic air releases associated with oil and gas production since 2009.

Industry Accidents and Incidents:

September 29, 2013 – Tioga, ND:  Over 20,600 barrels of oil (equivalent to 865,200 gallons)  fracked from the Bakken Shale spilled from a Tesoro Logistics pipeline in one of the biggest onshore oil spills in recent U.S. history.

October 2013, Radioactive wastewater from fracking is found in a Pennsylvania stream — New testing shows that high levels of radium are being released into the watershed that supplies Pittsburgh’s drinking water.

November 8, 2013 – A 90-car train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed and exploded in a rural area near Aliceville, AL, leaving 11 cars burning.

December 30, 2013 – Casselton, North Dakota: a fiery oil train crash triggered a series of blasts and forced residents from their homes.

January 25, 2014 – Natural gas pipeline exploded near Otterburne, Manitoba., 50 kilometers south of Winnipeg, leaving thousands without heat as temperatures drop to -20 C, or -34 C with the wind chill; fire burned for more than 12 hours.

January 31, 2014 – 18 rail cars derailed near New Augusta, Mississippi; leaking caused evacuation of nearby residents; some rail cars were carrying methanol.

February 10, 2014 –Ruptured natural gas pipeline at a compressor station exploded about six miles south of Tioga, ND, lighting up the sky for miles and shaking homes as far away as White Earth, ND (second incident in the area in less than 5 months).

February 11, 2014: Gas well in Greene County, PA, exploded drawing emergency crews and ambulances to the scene; one hospitalized, one dead. The fire, fueled by the well’s gas, continued to shoot flames and smoke into the air – the heat from the blaze – which caused a tanker truck on site that was full of propane gas to explode – was so intense that first responders had to pull back rather than risk injury.


February 13, 2014 – Underground natural gas line exploded in Adair County KY, near Knifley, destroying two nearby homes and sending two people to the hospital; explosion left 60-ft. deep/50-ft. wide crater; 3 homes destroyed; 20 homes evacuated.

February 13, 2014 – High pressure fracturing well blowout in McKenzie County, ND, approximately seven miles north of Theodore Roosevelt National Park’s north unit, resulted in 15 workers being temporarily evacuated from the site;  the blowout was likely caused by equipment failure, according to ND state official.

February 14, 2014 – Gas well near Red Springs, TX, exploded scorching over two acres of nearby land and shaking citizens in their homes.

February 14, 2014 – Gas pipeline owned by PSE&G ruptured in New Brunswick, NJ, under the Raritan River, causing two geysers of natural gas to erupt near the Northeast Corridor rail bridge.

February 14, 2014 – Vacuum trucks scrambled to clean up an oil spill near Watford City, ND, that spewed 200 barrels of oil an hour. A well owned by Whiting Petroleum blew. Lynn Helms with the Department of Mineral Resources said the bottom piece of a 3 part “blow out preventer” broke.

February 11-18, 2014 – Over 100 earthquakes have been reported in Oklahoma and Texas in this time frame, which many seismologists say are linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry.

To see data on the Oklahoma quakes, see Oklahoma Geological Survey, Leonard Geophysical Observatory page:

March 9, 2014 – Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry – The oil and gas industry has a fatality rate seven times higher than for all other workers, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control – the death rate in the oil and gas industry is 27.1; the U.S. collective death rate is 3.8.

Jobs and Purported Public Financial Gains

So Where’s the Economic Boom that was Promised?
“But out-of-state workers weren’t among the economice a much-needed infusion of jobs and cash in Appalachian Ohio.”

Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why
Over the last five years, firms with an economic interest in the expansion of drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations — and their allies, supporters, and trade associations — have used a variety of tools and techniques to exaggerate the employment impacts of shale drilling.

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Small fortune is lost when oil giant’s well collides with family business -“The Parkers are now spending more in cleanup than they are earning.”

How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
Chesapeake executed an adroit escape, raising nearly $5 billion with a previously undisclosed twist: By gouging many rural landowners out of royalty payments they were supposed to receive in exchange for allowing the company to drill for natural gas on their property.

Negative Impact on the Government and the General Public

The Costs of Fracking, The Price Tag of Dirty Drilling’s Environmental Damage -the true toll of fracking does not end there. Fracking’s negative impacts on our environment and health come with heavy “dollars and cents” costs as well. In this report, they document those costs – ranging from cleaning up contaminated water to repairing ruined roads and beyond. Many of these costs are likely to be borne by the public, rather than the oil and gas industry. .

Nationwide Insurance: Fracking Damage Won’t be Covered

What It’s Really Like to Live Next to a Shale Gas Well

Opponents say link between fracking and crime

Dangers and Health Risks

Fracking Industrialization & Induced Earthquakes – a comprehensive paper on the mechanisms that connect the disposal of Fracking Wastewater to Deep-Injection Wells to a significant Increase in Midcontinent Seismic Activity

The “List of the Harmed” compiled by the Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air

Fracking by the Numbers Report Urges U.S. to Ban Environmental Nightmare – “At health clinics, we’re seeing nearby residents experiencing nausea, headaches and other symptoms linked to fracking pollution,” said David Brown, a toxicologist who has reviewed health data from Pennsylvania. “With billions of gallons of toxic waste coming each year, we’re just seeing the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in terms of health risks.”

The Scariest thing about fracking is the risk nobody is talking about – Almost all other industries “occur in a zoned industrial area, inside of buildings, separated from home and farm, separated from schools.” By contrast, the industry spawned by fracking “permits the oil and gas industries to establish [their infrastructures] next to where we live. They are imposing on us the requirement to locate our homes, hospitals, and schools inside their industrial space.”

The 10 Scariest Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracking

The 4 Big Dangers of Fracking: Exploding Trains, Workers at Risk, The Accidents You Don’t Hear About, Not So Good for Your Health

Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us


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