New York State Assesses Public Health Impacts of Fracking

In December 2014, the New York State Department of Health undertook a comprehensive review of the public health research on large volume hydraulic fracturing. It's report, titled "A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development, concluded that fracking should not proceed in New York State. Acting Commissioner of Health Howard A. Zucker wrote:

"As with most complex human activities in modern societies, absolute scientific certainty regarding the relative contributions of positive and negative impacts of HVHF [high volume hydraulic fracturing] on public health is unlikely to ever be attained. In this instance, however, the overall weight of the evidence from the cumulative body of information contained in this Public Health Review demonstrates that there are significant uncertainties about the kinds of adverse health outcomes that may be associated with HVHF, the likelihood of the occurrence of adverse health outcomes, and the effectiveness of some of the mitigation measures in reducing or preventing environmental impacts which could adversely affect public health. Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in NYS."

Read the full report at the New York State Department of Health's website.