Yesterday the University of Pittsburgh released a state-funded report demonstrating alarming links between proximity to fracking operations and increased rates of childhood lymphoma and intense asthma. However, detailed criticisms of the study and the process behind it from affected families and health advocates raise serious concerns that the study’s results downplay the extent of the health problems associated with fracking in the region. Additionally, other recent studies focused on these links have found much higher rates of childhood cancer in proximity to fracking.
In response, Food & Water Watch Pennsylvania Director Megan McDonough has issued the following statement:
“The results of this study are truly alarming, and offer further proof of what we’ve been saying for years: Fracking is an inherently dangerous process that makes people gravely ill, and it should be halted everywhere.
“As alarming as these findings are, the truth is almost certainly much worse. Results of other similar studies, along with community concerns about incomplete data collection here suggest that these results are actually underestimating the extent of the harm fracking has caused to the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania families.
“This study should compel Governor Shapiro and state officials to take action to protect the Pennsylvania residents by halting fracking in the state immediately.”