Fracking and Health: State of the Science


dirty_fracking_drinkThis week, ProPublica reported on a number of recent studies showing the health impacts on communities near fracking developments. The investigators there looked at fracking health studies back in 2011, and now noted that some new information is showing increasing cause for concern, as well as areas where research is still lacking.

CEH’s recent report, “Toxic and Dirty Secrets: The Truth About Fracking and Your Family’s Health” uncovers some of this recent science and exposes some of the gaps in current knowledge about fracking safety. Despite these warnings, the fracking industry continues its rush to develop new fracking sites across the country. The oil and gas industry is the only industry in the U.S. that is allowed to “inject hazardous materials-unchecked” directly into or adjacent to underground drinking water supplies. Despite the risks, fracking has been largely exempted from federal environmental laws.

Learn more about fracking and your families’ health on the CEH website.

Ali manages the website and coordinates the online communications of CEH. She works with the communications and development staff to create messaging strategies and public education content for CEH’s supporters and online audience. A Bay Area native, Ali attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received a B.A. in Sociology and Cultural Studies. This allowed her to live abroad in Argentina, where she studied Latin American history and learned valuable Spanish language skills. Ali is thrilled to be part of an organization that advocates for healthy communities so effectively.