MAP – Tompkins

The Marcellus Accountability Project
for Tompkins County

Health Impacts:

Health Survey in DISH, Texas, Reveals that More than Half the Surveyed Illnesses could be Caused by Toxic Air Pollutants from Shale Gas Drilling (12/17/09)
Earthworks and the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project surveyed residents of DISH, Texas, a small town with 11 gas compressor stations, gathering information on residents’ medical backgrounds, proximity to shale gas infrastructure, experience of odor events, and associated health symptoms. Reported health problems include respiratory ailments and headaches, brain disorders, pre-cancerous lesions, and impairment of motor skills; these overlap significantly with the known effects of the chemicals already detected in a September 2009 study of air quality. Click here to see the study.

Adverse Health and Environmental Effects from Toxic Chemicals Used in Oil & Gas Extraction
2007 Testimony of TEDX President, Theo Colborn, before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, on The Applicability of Federal Requirements to Protect Public Health and the Environment from Oil and Gas Development. Much well-organized, detailed information on chemicals used and their effects.

Article on Lethal Effects of Low-level Ozone
Article describing March 18-year study in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2009 showing that long-term, low-level ozone pollution can be fatal.

Orion Magazine: Personal Sagas of the Health Effects of Nearby Gas Drilling
This Nov/Dec 2006 article “Voices from the Gas Fields” is still just as relevant and poignant today. It describes gas drilling in Garfield, Colorado, and presents interviews with six different sets of people whose health has been dramatically damaged by drinking water and breathing air contaminated by nearby gas extraction activities.

Potential Exposure-related Human Health Effects of Oil and Gas Development
2008 research paper by Roxana Witter, MD, and others at the University of Colorado School of Public Health on the potential health, psychological, and social impacts of oil and gas development between 2000 and 2007 on the people of Garfield County, Colorado. They suggest that a "Health Impact Assessment" should be made part of every Environment Impact Statement when considering oil and gas development of regions. Includes an extensive literature review.

Literature Review of Adverse Health Effects of Oil and Gas Development (2003-2008)
2008 Literature Review by Roxana Witter, MD (see above). Reviews, for oil and gas extraction, the contaminants associated, the medical literature on health effects from hazardous substances used, the associated community and occupational injury rates, and the potential social and psychological risks of increased drilling on a community.

Video (47 min.) on Health Effects of Chemicals Involved in Natural Gas Extraction (2009)
Dr. Theo Colborn, noted endocrinologist and president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), discusses natural gas extraction and the adverse effects of the chemicals involved. She calls for full public disclosure of all chemicals used during drilling and fracturing and raises the issues of ground-level ozone and air pollution that have been almost completely ignored. A definitive discussion of the chemicals involved and their impacts on health.

Video (120 min) Forum at TC3:  Health Risks of Shale Gas Drilling (2010)
Video of the "Natural Gas With Unnatural Consequences: The Health Risks of Shale Gas Drilling" forum held 2/23/2010 at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) in Dryden, NY.  Ron Bishop, lecturer in Chemistry at SUNY Oneonta:  high–volume hydraulic fracturing technology; Thomas Shelly, chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist: chemicals used and their health risks; Dr. Adam Law, endocrinologist: the particular risks of the hydraulic fracturing chemicals that are endocrine disruptors.  Moderated by Dr. William Klepack, a family practice physician in Dryden and Medical Director of the Tompkins County Health Department.


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