Answered By: Emily Bell
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2017     Views: 79

The health impacts of fracking are bound to vary locally as exposure varies, as geology varies, and as different construction and monitoring techniques are used and so on.  I don't know of any studies that have attempted to quantify health impacts (always difficult) even at a local scale.  EPA does plan to do research in this area: http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/class2/hydraulicfracturing/upload/hf_study_plan_110211_final_508.pdf .  More here: http://www.epa.gov/hfstudy/.


The National Institutes of Health is beginning to consider the question as well: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2012/6/spotlight-shalegas/


There is a good background piece on fracking in CQ Researcher.  Search for "fracking": 
http://library.cqpress.com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/cqresearcher/ .

You can search Google scholar for "fracking health effects" and many studies are listed. 

 

 

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