Fracking Resources

MdEHN has prepared suggested topics for your consideration in reviewing the Scoping Report and guidelines for developing comments–view them on the link above.MdEHN and its partners PSR and ANHE requested that the scope of Maryland’s  health study of fracking be open for public review. 
→ Read all of the comments MdEHN & partners submitted here

Health Study Scope Recommendations To MDE
Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and the Maryland Environmental Health Network have been tracking the health issues related to hydraulic fracturing and in this document, they have compiled information on the emerging field of health studies, research, and data on fracking.  The document lists issues and identifies data gaps.  

MOU for Fracking Health Study between DHMH & MDE
This is the MOU between DHMH & MDE to coordinate a study of the health implications of fracking in Maryland.

PEHSU Fracking Factsheet for Health Professionals

PEHSU Fracking Factsheet for Parents
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units are a resource on many topics. The above links are for two factsheets on fracking developed in 2011.

The Costs of Fracking
Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center released a report documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling. As documented in “The Costs of Fracking,” fracking creates millions of dollars of health costs related to everything from air pollution to ruined roads to contaminated property.

Gas Patch Roulette – How Shale Gas Development Risks Public Health in Pennsylvania
Between August 2011 and July 2012, Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) investigated the extent, types, and possible causes of health symptoms experienced by people living in the gas patches of Pennsylvania.

Drilling Deeper: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Related Grantmaking Strategies (Hydrofracking)
This funder briefing paper, published by Health & Environment Funders Network, discusses the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the strategies grantmakers are considering or implementing.

“Closing the Inequality Divide: A Strategy for Fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland
The Institute for Policy Studies references policy recommendations in MDEHN’s 2013 Progress Report in “Closing the Inequality Divide: A Strategy for Fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland.” This study zeroes in on inequality, in the context of the GPI, to answer the question: How has inequality affected the overall economic, social, and environmental fabric of Maryland, and what can be done about it? This study compares the current Maryland income inequality situation with the income picture back in 1968, the year that saw the narrowest overall income inequality divide in modern U.S. history.

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