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NPR’s Marketplace published a story on Wednesday suggesting fracking chemicals are harming public health. In an effort to support that narrative, reporter Scott Tong lists a dozen studies he (presumably) feels best support the argument. Most notably, none of the studies listed by MarketPlace prove causation, which is a systemic shortcoming of literature attempting to link fracking to health problems that has been flagged by environmental research group Resources For the Future (RFF). But this is just one of a myriad of flaws shared by each of the studies included Marketplace’s list.

A few flaws have emerged time and time again in anti-fossil fuel activist studies attempting to link fracking to health problems. And a new report released this week may be the most comprehensive collection of these clichéd shortcomings yet. Not only is this “study” claiming fracking threatens the neurodevelopment of …

For the fourth time in 15 months, Earthworks regurgitated its infamous “Threat Maps” report this week, pitching the debunked misinformation originally released last June as a “new analysis.” So how did this recycled “report” claiming those who live near oil and gas infrastructure face elevated health risks due to air pollution manage to get media coverage in POLITICO and E&E News? By incorporating children into the narrative — a go-to anti-fracking media strategy detailed in a 2012 memo that encouraged “Keep It In the Ground” groups to make connections between health problems and fracking, even when no evidence existed to support the linkage.

A new study released this week by anti-fracking activist group Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) found 18 million Americans live within one mile of an oil and gas well, and then concluded those people face elevated health risks because of “benzene, formaldehyde and particulate matter” emissions from oil and gas production. The authors provide no new research to support this conclusion. And they also ignored more than a dozen air sampling studies that have found production site emissions are protective of public health. Instead, the researchers relied on past epidemiological studies – none of which proved causation – to arrive at the conclusion that oil and gas production emissions harm public health.

The University of Cincinnati (UC) has spent more than $470,000 of taxpayer money over the past four years on a trio of studies researching potential air and groundwater impacts attributable to fracking. But for a third consecutive time, UC’s research has found no air or groundwater issues tied to natural gas extraction. For its latest study, UC gathered air samples near production sites in three of the top producing oil and natural gas counties in Ohio — Guernsey, Noble and Belmont — to examine air quality near natural gas extraction. And according to a media report, lead researcher Dr. Erin Hayes told local elected officials during a recent presentation on the study that “none of the air sample averages exceeded EPA levels of health concern” after being evaluated for 63 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and formaldehyde.

Ever notice how fracking opponents tend to focus on quantity rather than quality when touting studies claiming shale development harms public health? The following 2015 comments by Food & Water Watch’s Emily Wurth are just one example, “In 2014 alone there were 154 peer-reviewed studies that came out on the …

The Zoning Hearing Board of Mount Pleasant Township in Washington County, Pennsylvania recently dealt a major blow to the research of a few prominent activists, notably Seth Shonkoff, the executive director of Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSEHE) (a group that has manufactured and pushed a number of studies …

A strategy memo from 2012 encouraged anti-fracking groups to make connections between health problems and fracking, even when no evidence existed to support the linkage. The goal of the plan, which included leveraging the power of the media and a focus on young children, was to undermine support for oil …

An inflammatory new study claiming fracking “kills babies” was published last week by Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP). The study received zero mainstream media attention, which probably has something to do with its numerous glaring flaws. But it also points to a wider problem – that of subpar studies appearing in …

It is well documented that the shale revolution has bolstered to our nation’s economy, enhanced our geopolitical position, and directly benefited the millions of consumers and manufacturers who are enjoying historically low energy costs. But the fact that increased natural gas use made possible by fracking has also significantly improved air quality — and …