It’s been said many times before, but bears repeating: Rolling Stone really should stick to music. The once revered rock magazine sustained another hard news fail this week with an article that claims a “new” and “authoritative study” proves “fracking is contaminating the air and water – and imperiling the …
A new report released today by Energy In Depth (EID) aims to insert facts and key information into the policy discussion centered this week around a legislative proposal to restrict oil and gas development in Colorado. The report examines public health data points and highlights analysis conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), which show positive health indicator trends and low-risk air sample readings that stand in stark contrast to claims made by activists opposed to the state’s oil and gas industry.
A group of researchers whose previous flawed work claimed exposure to fracking fluid causes low sperm counts and ovarian follicle problems in mice has released yet another study claiming to find a link to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in fracking fluid and potential health problems. This latest study has a new and much more foreboding topline conclusion than the team’s other recent efforts — claiming “exposure to chemicals used during fracking may cause pre-cancerous lesions in mice” — but it is based on the same old flawed methodology and assumptions the researchers have repeatedly employed
*Update* December 19, 2017: Susan Mickley, MPH joins Inside Shale News host, Kyle Wiggs, to discuss the new report on mortality rates in the Marcellus. Listen in here at about the three minute mark to learn more about that report from the author or you can download the audio here: Inside …
A new study claiming to link infant health problems with oil and natural gas development is riddled with contradictory data and other flaws, raising questions about whether the authors oversold its findings to the press.
Mortality rates in the six Pennsylvania counties with the most Marcellus Shale development have declined or remained stable since shale production began in the region, according to a new Energy In Depth-commissioned report.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Medical Association recently released a joint report with the environmental group Clean Air Task Force (CATF) that purports “for the first time” to demonstrate how air pollution from oil and natural gas facilities disproportionately impacts African American communities. Although it was promoted as a “new” report, it is actually just the latest iteration of CATF’s thoroughly debunked “Fossil Fumes” and “Gasping for Breath” reports (see previous EID debunks here, here, here, here and here) that have been repackaged numerous times to focus on different segments of the population.
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.