The latest science on the health impacts of fracking

  • Today and tomorrow there is an important workshop in Washington, D.C. on the health impacts of natural gas extraction. The workshop is organized by the Institute of Medicine, an independent non-profit organization that is part of the National Academy of Sciences, and anyone can watch the live webcast. All the power point presentations are posted on the IOM website.
  • A new story from Pennsylvania public media finds that a toxicology pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh is seeing a significant jump in phone calls from physi­cians about strange symptoms in their patients living near natural gas production sites, but says that it’s dif­fi­cult to understand what is going on because they don't know what chemicals are in the environment. The reporter felt dizzy and nauseated in a local home.
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the CDC, is conducting field work to assess health risks to oil and gas workers. Workers with information to share can contact NIOSH directly. A power point presentation on this important project is posted on the IOM website.