Last December, Gov. Cuomo's administration banned fracking in New York State, citing health risks. Though he received some pushback on this decision from industry and politicians alike, medical and public health experts have since released an updated version of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking, highlighting many of the health concerns that Gov. Cuomo acted upon. Compiled in this edition are hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and other notable findings on fracking. The compendium comes out of the offices of Concerned Health Professionals of NY, well known environmental health expert Sandra Steingraber's organization, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, one of Climate for Health's partners. We applaud the efforts of these medical teams to compile documentation of the true costs of this dirty energy source.
A partnership encompassing nationwide medical and public health experts and scientists released the third edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking. The compendium, the first two editions of which were important in highlighting the science in New York before the ban was announced, compiles and summarizes hundreds of peer-reviewed studies and other important findings on fracking. The emerging science, including more than 100 studies after New York’s ban was announced, further shows that Gov. Cuomo and his Administration were right to ban high volume fracking.
For the first time, the compendium includes a section on fracking infrastructure, examining the impact of pipelines and compressor stations on health and safety in New York. Physicians for Social Responsibility, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization of physicians, nurses and other public health professionals, joined with Concerned Health Professionals of New York to release the report nationally and send the new report to Gov. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Zucker, with a letter urging the state to put a hold on gas infrastructure expansion until and unless their safety can be demonstrated through comprehensive public health and environmental assessments.
Additionally, the organizations sent letters with the report to President Obama and the Surgeon General asking that they acknowledge the health risks and to call for a meeting. They also sent letters to the governors of Pennsylvania and Maryland, highlighting the significant health risks and calling for moratoria or ban on fracking.
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