CEH exposing the dangers of fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, a highly polluting process that involves injecting massive amounts of water, sand and toxic chemicals into the ground to fracture rock and extract “natural” oil and gas is promoted by many, including some proclaiming themselves to be “environmentalists,” as a “bridge” to a clean energy future.

CEH’s groundbreaking report, Toxic and Dirty Secrets: The Truth About Fracking and Your Family’s Health,  exposed the health concerns  hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. The chemicals used in the extraction, processing, distribution, transport, and waste disposal of tight oil and shale gas from shale reservoirs pollute surrounding air and water.

Pregnant women, mothers, and their babies are at particular risk from toxic chemical exposures that can lead to infertility, miscarriage, impaired learning and intellectual development, birth defects, respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer. 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.

CEH continues to educate communities on the dangers of fracking. See our resources below for more information. 


CEH Report: Toxic and Dirty Secrets: The Truth About Fracking and Your Family’s Health
CEH Study: Potential hazards of air pollutant emissions from unconventional oil and natural gas operations on the respiratory health of children and infants
CEH Factsheet: Fracking and Maternal Health
CEH Factsheet (Spanish): Fracking and Maternal Health
CEH Symposium: Public Health Dimensions of Oil and Gas Development
CEH In the News: Fracking and Newborns
CEH In the News: Kids Near Fracking Sites Risk Permanent Brain Damage
CEH Blog: Fracking Chemicals: Respiratory Health Risks to Infants and Children
CEH Webinar Series: How Fracking and Natural Gas Impact Maternal Health
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