Health Impacts of Fracking

A GROWING BODY OF PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH shows that living too close to fracking operations, especially less than 1/2 mile, is a serious risk to health and safety.

There are over 700 chemicals that can be used during the fracking process; many of these chemicals are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. The process of fracking – including emissions, wastewater, and byproducts – are poisonous to our air, water, health and climate.

Serious long and short term health risks associated with living in close proximity to oil & gas operations include cancer, asthma and other respiratory problems, endocrine disruption, low birth weight babies, birth defects, high infant mortality and more. 

In addition to health risks, living near oil & gas operations pose a grave safety risk. In April of 2017, a methane leak from an improperly plugged flow line caused a deadly home explosion in Firestone that resulted in the death of two men, and a mother suffering from severe burns. In less than two years following that tragic incident, there were at least 17 oil fires and explosions related to oil & gas operations in Colorado. 

Over 1,300 peer reviewed public health studies have shown negative health and safety impacts for people living in close proximity to oil & gas operations, which is why states like New York and Maryland and entire countries like Ireland, France and Germany have banned it outright.