October 18, 2012

Health Risks Report

Summary Report Human Health Risks and Exposure Pathways of Proposed Horizontal Hydrofracking in New York State

These are the summary points direct from the report.  All are expanded in the report with reference documentation:
1.  Horizontal hydrofracking in New York's Marcellus Shale will bring to the surface significant amounts of radioactive wastewater (in the form of both flowback fluid and production bring that flows out of wells during gas production).
2.  Processing radioactive, chemical-laden wastewater through water treatment plants will increase contaminant loads of downstream surface waters.
3.  Radioactive sludge from drilling sites or POTWs will contaminate landfills. 
4.  Vehicles transporting radioactive chemical-laden waste (liquid or solid) increase the risk of human exposure and/or contamination of the environment in the event of accidents.
5.  Spreading radioactive, chemical-laden wastewater on roads will expose drivers, passengers and pedestrians, and contaminate nearby surface water, land and agricultural fields.
6.  Storage of radioactive, chemical-laden wastewater in closed containment tanks can result in groundwater and surface water contamination.
7.  Natural gas from Marcellus shale contains high levels of radon.
8.  Use of silica in hydrofracking operations exposes workers--and, possibly, proximate neighbors--to respirable crystalline silica.
9.  On-site diesel-powered machinery (trucks, compressors, pumps, generators) contaminates proximate air and contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone (smog) that contaminates regional air.
10.  Flaring operations contaminate air with hazardous air pollutants.
11.  Diesel transport vehicles contaminate air in rural communities.
12.  Mixtures of hydrofracking chemicals, interaction of chemicals with NORM and reaction of chemicals with natural materials under heat and pressure may cause unknown synergistic reactions resulting in altered chemical compounds.
13.  Well casing/cement fairures will contaminate drinking water supplies.
14.  Health impacts from hydrofracking will disproportionately burden sensitive populations.
15.  Multiple forms of stress are associated with hydrofracking operations, and these have real and significant health consequences.
16.  Health impacts related to hydrofracking will significantly increase health care costs in New York--as it has in other states.
17.  Many health impacts related to hydrofracking may not be evident for years.
18.  Local medical professionals in areas where hydrofracking is contemplated are will equipped to recognize or treat symptoms related to radiation exposures or exposures to hazardous chemicals in water or air.
19.  Non-disclosure agreements may obstruct efforts of public health officials to obtain accurate data in areas where hydrofracking is currently taking place.
20.  Conflicts of interest may affect veracity of scientific findings.
Please read it!  Then make sure your circle reads it, including federal, state & local representatives!

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