FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2015
Contact: Isaac Silberman-Gorn, 607-296-8265
On behalf of Save The Southern Tier, a network of grassroots organizations across the Southern Tier, Isaac Silberman-Gorn issued the following statement:
“Once again, unfortunately a minority of our elected officials, often with ties to the oil and gas industry, are more interested in publicity stunts than really helping the Southern Tier. A majority of Southern Tier residents oppose fracking because of its unacceptable risks to our drinking water and the air we breathe, and an overwhelming majority support Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban it. Our local elected officials should join us in supporting sustainable economic development instead.”
“Instead of these baseless publicity stunts, these officials should read the science on fracking. The vast majority of more than 400 peer-reviewed studies show problems with fracking, including serious harms to people’s health and water. The facts are clear: fracking isn’t safe and would have been a disaster for the Southern Tier and all of New York State.”
The science overwhelmingly shows harms from drilling and fracking. A Physicians, Scientists & Engineers (PSE) for Healthy Energy analysis of more than 400 peer-reviewed studies to date on the impacts of fracking and shale gas development shows that the overwhelming majority of scientific studies indicate either serious negative impacts or risks. Specifically, the PSE Healthy Energy analysis showed:
- 96% of all papers published on health impacts indicate potential risks or adverse health outcomes.
- 87% of original research studies published on health outcomes indicate potential risks or adverse health outcomes.
- 95% of all original research studies on air quality indicate elevated concentrations of air pollutants.
- 72% of original research studies on water quality indicate potential, positive association, or actual incidence of water contamination.
- There is an ongoing expansion in the number of peer-reviewed publications on the impacts of shale and tight gas development: approximately 73% of all available scientific peer-reviewed papers have been published in the past 24 months, with a current average of one paper published each day.
It became clear to health professionals and scientists that scientific studies of the environmental and health dangers related to fracking have begun to emerge in a substantial way. Their findings were alarming, showing health and environmental impacts and leaving unanswered questions about the extent of even further risks. Concerned Health Professionals of NY recently released an updated version of its compendium of all the scientific, medical and media findings demonstrating the risks and harms of fracking, which highlighted many of these reports. The group highlighted that the pace of new studies was rapidly expanding – the first few months of 2014 saw more studies published on the health effects of fracking than all studies published in 2011 and 2012 combined.