PRESS RELEASE: Health Professionals Send Gov. Hogan New Peer-Reviewed Studies Revealing Public Health Risks of Fracking As He Considers Two Year Moratorium Bill

 

Press Release: Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland Send Letter to Hogan About Important New Water and Air Pollution Studies and Significant New Evidence of Harm

Annapolis, MD – Today, Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland (CHPMD) sent Governor Hogan a letter highlighting two alarming studies demonstrating the risks of fracking, both released in the past week. Last month, a two and a half year fracking moratorium (HB449/SB409) passed with an overwhelming majority in both houses of the Maryland Legislature. The bill has been on Governor Hogan’s desk since the end of the legislative session.   

Read the letter here.

The letter states, “ Two new studies in the past two weeks, detailed below, add to the weight of the peer-reviewed evidence – now more than 450 studies, at least 75 percent of which have come out since January 2013 – indicating significant dangers, health impacts, and remaining uncertainties. “ 

“It seems that a new study comes out every week, further highlighting the risks that drilling and fracking pose to human health,” said Dr. Ann Bristow, commissioner on the previous administration’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative and member of CHPMD. “The evidence that fracking is harmful to our environment and health continues to emerge, and these two new studies are just the latest in a growing body of peer-reviewed research showing that fracking can contaminate the air, water and threaten our health.”

The letter also points to the “significant shortcomings” in Maryland's prior study of fracking, overseen by former Governor O'Malley. As the letter notes, two commissioners of the “Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative,” released a letter in January outlining the commission’s study did not incorporate a great deal of the recently-released studies exploring the health effects of fracking. 

Two new studies were published just this week, one showing that air-pollution from fracking in neighboring Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia has contaminated the air across state lines into Maryland and other areas, and the other found a common drilling chemical in Pennsylvania drinking water. The first study was conducted by University of Maryland at College Park researchers and published in the journal Atmospheric Scientists. The second was from Penn State University researchers who tested water from three wells at homes near drilling and fracking sites in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.