Many residents are protesting the proposed fracking in Southeast Loveland and justifiably so. Being right in our backyards, it would seriously endanger people, animals, the ecosystem, and our planet. As a health professional and member of Physicians For Social Responsibility, I’m obligated to share the article “2000 Studies Show Fracking Causes Severe Harm to Human Health” recently published by Organic Consumers Association, the Children’s Health Defense, Nexus Newsfeed, and Common Dreams.
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY) released on April 28th the eighth edition of their “Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking”, a comprehensive examination of the state of the hydraulic fracturing industry and its impacts. Combining findings from 2,000 scientific, academic, and government studies, this report from leading scientists, physicians, environmental experts, and investigative journalists details overwhelming, conclusive evidence that fracking causes widespread, severe harm to public health and the climate. It’s particularly toxic to pregnant women, infants, children, and the elderly. It’s also a serious Environmental Justice issue with disproportionate damage to impoverished communities, Indigenous people, and communities of color.
For over 10 years, health and environmental professionals have been pointing out clear, overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrating fracking causes toxic air pollution, water contamination, radioactive releases, earthquakes, and dangerous emissions of methane, carbon dioxide, toxic gases and particulate matter into our atmosphere, all of which damage the environment and the climate. Poisonous fracking chemicals make people and animals sick, causing birth defects, cancer, heart disease, asthma, pneumonia, and early death.
From a public health perspective and a climate perspective, stopping fracking is imperative. Make your concerns known to the Loveland City Council and to your representatives in Denver and in Washington D.C. Please make fracking illegal everywhere people, animals, and ecosystems exist.
Dr. Victoria A. Gardner, aka Dr. Vickie; BAEd, MS, RScP, RsD
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