Starkey Citizens for a Clean & Healthy Environment
Update on Hydraulic Fracturing

The potential risks and benefits of high volume hydraulic fracturing, also called “hydrofracking” or “fracking,” have been a source of ongoing debate among physicians, politicians, the oil and gas industry and the general public. The debate is about American selfsufficiency in energy supply, and issues surrounding the American economy, ecology and public health.

Because of growing industrial and political interest in harvesting natural gas reserves trapped within the Marcellus Shale region, New York State physicians have expressed concern about potential short-term and longterm health consequences of fracking. MSSNY’s Preventive Medicine and Family Health Committee was charged with studying the subject and informing MSSNY policy on fracking, and recommended delaying the onset of operations. MSSNY Council adopted a policy on December 9, 2010 (Position Statement # 90.992) to “support a moratorium on natural gas extraction using high volume hydraulic fracturing in New York State until valid scientific information is available to evaluate the process for its potential effects on human health and the environment.” 1 Access this directly at: (http://www.mssny.org/ mssnycfm/mssnyeditor/file/2011/ About/Position_Statements/2011_ Position_Statements.pdf.)
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