Some important scientific studies on the health impact of the oil and gas industry and climate change (in reversed chronological order):
Compendium of scientific, medical and media findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking (unconventional oil and gas extraction), Concerned Health Professionals of New York, Third Edition, Oct 2015. – “In the first six months of 2015, 103 studies appeared.*The vast majority of these studies reveal problems… 69 percent of original research studies on water quality found potential for, or actual evidence of, water contamination; 88 percent of original research studies on air quality found elevated air pollutant emissions; and 84 percent of original research studies on human health risks found signs of harm or indication of potential harm.” There’s also an ongoing database on shale and tight gas development.
Endocrine disrupting activities of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and adverse health outcomes after prenatal exposure in male mice (Kassotis, et al, 2015; in Endocrinology, Oct 2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1210/en.2015-1375
Toxic secrets: New report shows fracking gag rule threatens public health (Swithboard, 14 Oct 2015)
Unconventional gas and oil drilling is associated with increased hospital utilization rates (Jemeilita, et al. July 2015)
Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health (Watts et al. in the Lancet, June 2015)
Developmental and reproductive effects of chemicals associated with unconventional oil and natural gas operations (Webb, et al. 2014; Reviews on Environmental Health 29(4): 307-318 Dec 2014; DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2014-0057)
Biocides in hydraulic fracturing fluids: A critical review of their usage, mobility, degradation and toxicity (Genevieve, et al. 2014 Env. Sci. Technol. 26 Nov 2014. DOI: 10.1021/es503724k)
Evaluation of some potential chemical exposure risks during flowback operations in unconventional oil and gas extraction: Preliminary results (Esswein, Eric et al. 2014 in Journal of Occupation and Environmental Hygiene Vol 11 Issue 10). See write-up “Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says”, in Los Angeles Times Science Now, 11 Sep 2014.
Proximity to natural gas wells and reported health status: Results of a household survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania (Rabinowitz, P.M. et al, 2014 in Environmental Health Perspectives, 10 September 2014. )
Compendium of scientific, medical and media findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking (unconventional oil and gas extraction), Concerned Health Professionals of New York, 10 July 2014.
Environmental impacts of shale gas extraction in Canada (Council of Canadian Academics, 2014) – “…If shale gas development expands, risks to quality of life and well-being in some communities may become significant due to the combination of diverse factors related to land use, water quality, air quality, and loss of rural serenity, among others….”
Public Health England’s draft report on shale gas extraction (Law et al. in BMJ, 17 April)
Environmental public health dimensions of shale and tight gas development (Shonkoff et al. in Environmental Health Perspective, April 2014).
New legitimacy to concerns about fracking and health (15 April 2014, Canadian Medical Assoc. Journal)
Harms unknown: health uncertainties cast doubt on the role of unconventional gas in Australia’s energy future (Coram et al. March 2014, Medical Journal of Australia 200(4):210-213)
Birth outcomes and maternal residential proximity to natural gas development in rural Colorado (Lisa M. McKenzie, Ruixin Guo, Roxana Z. Witter, David A. Savitz, Lee S. Newmand and John L. Adgate, 28 Jan 2014 in Environmental Health Perspectives.)
Estrogen and androgen receptor activities of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and surface and ground water in a drilling-dense region, Christopher D. Kassotis, Donald E. Tillitt, J. Wade Davis, Annette M. Hormann and Susan C. Nagel (Dec 2013, Endocrinology)
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy – Special Issue: Fracking (Vol 23, no.1, 2013) – contains a series of scientific articles on subjects from public health to contamination, regulatory system and economics related to fracking.
Legislative Interference with the Patient-physician relationship (New England Journal of Medicine,18 Oct 2012) “In Pennsylvania, physicians can obtain information about chemicals used in the fracking process that may be relevant to a patient’s care, but only after requesting the information in writing and executing a nonstandardized confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement drafted by the drilling companies.”
Gas patch roulette re public health and gas development (Earthworks, 18 Oct 2012)
Support to the identification of potential risks for the environment and human health arising from hydrocarbon operations involving hydraulic fracturing (Report for EC DG Environment, 10 Aug 2012 – PDF 5.5MB)
Potential health hazards from shale gas exploration and exploitation – drinking water and ambient air (Richard Carrier, Health Canada, May 2012) – released under Access to Information Act in March 2014. See write up with key points.
Human health risk assessment of air emissions from development of unconventional natural gas resources (March 2012, L. McKenzie et al, University of Colorado)
Study suggests hydrofracking is killing farm animals, pets (7 March 2012, Cornell University, USA) Download full paper: Impacts of gas drilling on human and animal health, Bamberger and Oswald (2012) in New Solutions 22(1) 51-77
Chemical and Biological Risk Assessment for Natural Gas Extraction in New York (R. Bishop, Jan 2011)