Fracking, has come under intense scrutiny internationally due to growing concerns about health and environmental pollution. award-winning 2009 film, 'Gasland', exposed the health ill-effects suffered by many US residents living near gas wells, the destruction of landscape, and instances of water, soil and air pollution.
Many of the harmful effects associated with fracking are caused by the toxic make-up of the frack fluid, which can contaminate groundwater.
Led by Dr. David O. Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health, a number of health experts launched a new initiative, Concerned Health Professionals of New York, to outline the health risks of fracking and to renew their call for an independent, comprehensive Health Impact Assessment. The health experts in Albany spoke on behalf of the broad medical and scientific community in New York State, where hundreds of medical professionals and scientists have been outspoken about concerns that fracking poses a threat to public health.