Fracking Resources

September 2014 – Maryland Environmental Health Network, the Chesapeake Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) co-hosted a symposium to assess the findings of the study, “Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland”. The goal of the symposium was to develop recommendations on next steps for Maryland policy-makers with respect to issues raised in the study.

August 2014 – MdEHN compiled a list of national groups — from government, academia, and industry — that have called for more research into the health effects of hydraulic fracturing.

December 2013 – MdEHN prepared suggested topics for public consideration in reviewing the Scoping Report and guidelines for developing comments. View suggested topics. MdEHN and its partners PSR and ANHE requested that the scope of Maryland’s health study of fracking be open for public review.

May 2013 – MdEHN, PSR, and ANHE compiled information on issues and data gaps in the emerging field of health studies, research, and data on hydraulic fracturing.  View Health Study Scope Recommendations To MDE.

Resources on Fracking & Health in Maryland

  • The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) developed two fact sheets on fracking in 2011.
    Health Professionals · Parents
  • 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.