The scientific literature now includes more than 900 peer-reviewed studies on the impacts of fracking, and overwhelmingly they show risks and harms to public health and to the climate, on which public health depends. Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY), together with Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), have compiled plain-spoken summaries of these many studies into a fully referenced Compendium of findings and urge a halt to fracking.
With 17 topical categories, 209 pages, and 924 footnotes, this long-awaited fourth edition identifies 12 major scientific trends and contains more than 200 new studies published since the third edition was released a year ago. With a much-expanded focus on the risks and harms of fracking infrastructure, including the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, the Compendium contextualizes the issue of fracking in terms of the Paris Climate Agreement, documenting how methane leaks and emissions significantly exacerbate climate change. Environmental justice issues are also explored for the first time.
The Compendium is available as a free download on the CHPNY and PSR websites:
A Spanish-language translation of the third edition is also available: https://mx.boell.org/en/node/1561