Despite what the industry likes to say – fracking means massive industrialisation
Fracking infrastructure — complex and widespread — poses serious potential exposure risks to those living near it.
Compressor stations are semi-permanent facilities that pollute the air 24 hours a day, as long as gas is flowing through the pipeline. The Medical Society of the State of New York and the American Medical Association have each called for comprehensive health impact assessments regarding the health risks associated with natural gas pipelines. In the Upper Midwest, the boom in silica sand mining threatens both air and water quality, has transformed rural areas into industrial zones, and introduced complex public health risks that are not yet well understood. Wisconsin alone provides more than half the sand used in fracking operations in the United States. Silica dust is a known cause of both lung cancer and silicosis.
The current edition of the Compendium includes for the first time a section on infrastructure, focusing on compressor stations, pipelines, wastewater recycling facilities, and silica sand mining operations as emerging issues of concern.
Get the facts and the science in the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking, 3rd Edition, from Concerned Health Professionals of NY and Physicians for Social Responsibility: https://www.facebook.com/psrnational/