Fracking Fumes: Air Pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing Threatens Public Health and Communities

Source: Tanja Srebotnjak, Miriam Rotkin-Ellman, Natural Resources Defense Council, NRDC Issue Brief, Ip:14-10-a, December 2014

From the press release:
A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause at least five major types of health impacts, according to a new comprehensive analysis of scientific studies to-date by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The health impacts include respiratory problems, birth defects, blood disorders, cancer and nervous system impacts, raising serious concerns for workers and people living closest to wells, as well as entire regions with high volumes of oil and gas activity….

Fracking Fumes: Air Pollution from Hydraulic Fracturing Threatens Public Health and Communities provides the most comprehensive analysis of available science to-date on toxic air pollution from oil and gas development. It identifies an emerging pattern in the science revealing unsafe levels of air pollution near fracking sites around the country. More research is needed to better understand a wide range of other threats that have emerged.

The report breaks down the health impacts that scientists have identified on the local, regional and global scales. It shows that health threats from air pollution are not limited to communities with drilling directly in their backyards. Rather, entire regions with high levels of oil and gas activity are paying the price with smog-filled skies and respiratory problems. …

…. Of these impacts, there is the greatest amount of evidence raising concern about risks for the following health impacts: Respiratory Problems ….. Nervous System Impacts ….. Birth Defects & Harm to the Developing Fetus ….. Blood Disorders ….. Cancer …..
Related:
Infographic on local, regional & global health impacts
Blog from NRDC Scientist Miriam Rotkin-Ellman