Last Friday, the Concerned Health Professionals of New York released a compendium of health risks and dangers associated with hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The CHPNY included the compendium in a letter to Acting Health Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, recommending that the government implement a statewide moratorium on the oil drilling practice.
“Based on the knowledge available to us now,” they write, “we believe that fracking would pose significant threats to the air, water, health and safety of New Yorkers and that your recommendation must also be for a statewide moratorium of at least three to five years.”
A statewide moratorium would prohibit fracking from the top down, but individual cities are already taking action. Last month the state Court of Appeals set an important precedent when it ruled that the small towns of Dryden and Middlefield could ban fracking within their municipal borders. As of this writing, there are currently 79 bans, 99 moratoria and 87 movements for bans and moratoria across the state.
On July 11, the CHPNY published its online report, the “Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking.” The organization bills itself as an online resource center for the public, with the website acting as a “living document” that will update every six months.
In their letter to the Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, CHPNY state that they found “no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health.” Their cumulative research, with over 300 citations, covers 15 dangers associated with the practice, including air and water pollution, radioactive releases, seismic activity, flood risks, inaccurate job claims and threats to property value and mortgages.
To read the full CHPNY report, click here.