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Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Report Says Fracking Doesn't Pose Credible Health Risk

From Energy in Depth:
A new, comprehensive report from Gradient examines two potential exposure pathways for hydraulic fracturing fluids to impact human health: upward migration from the shale formation itself, and surface incidents such as spills or other releases. Even by taking a conservative approach (which by design overestimates risk) the report concludes that hydraulic fracturing fluids “are not expected to pose an adverse risk to human health” and that, in the event of a spill, natural processes would dilute fluids to “below levels of human health concerns.”
The upshot? All of those scary stories we’ve heard about hydraulic fracturing supposedly threatening public health – and the alleged reason behind New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delaying approval of shale development – are not based on a credible examination of risk.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the potential pathways for health impacts, as examined by Gradient.
You can read the rest of the article here.

Below is the actual report.  Of course, anyone opposed to drilling will immediately note that the article above comes from industry PR firm Energy in Depth and that the report below was prepared for Halliburton, which will then lead to automatic dismissal of the whole thing.  But we'll just present the information and let you read the details and decide for yourself.

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