June 27, 2014
No Fracking Secrets Petition Launched
Health and environmental groups, lead by Chesapeake PSR, have launched a petition calling on Governor O'Malley to support a six point proposal on chemical disclosure in the event that Maryland authorizes the extraction of natural gas through a process of known as hydraulic fracturing. Amoung the proposal's provisions are: chemical formulas and other agents injected into the environment must not be subject to disclosure restrictions under trade secret regulations; and, drilling companies must provide comprehensive data to the state on the health effects of the chemicals used.
May 29, 2014
Medical groups, experts call on 3 to 5 year New York fracking moratorium
PSR Hudson-Mohawk and other groups called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue a moratorium on fracking in the state, citing health concerns.
April 17, 2014
PSR-initiated fracking bill lauded: "Fracking chemicals should be disclosed"
PSR-Chesapeake helped launch legislation in Maryland to allow health professionals to learn what chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing. A Maryland newspaper penned a highly supportive editorial.
Source: Frederick News-Post
March 12, 2014
House panel supports Keystone XL pipeline
Florida PSR steering committee member Dr. Ron Saff testified against HB 281, which would encourage the president to give approval to the pipeline project. Dr. Saff said, "We should decrease our addiction to oil, not increase it with the Keystone pipeline."
Source: The Florida Current
March 7, 2014
Florida PSR Hosts Fracking Expert
PSR/Florida sponsored Craig Stevens, Groundswell Rising Community Outreach Coordinator to come to Tallahassee to help us educate members of the legislature on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.
January 24, 2014
Chapter Submits Comments on Health Study
Chesapeake PSR has recommended that the authors of a state-commissioned report on the health impacts of natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale develop a new statement of purpose; that the report contain a separate section or appendix with information on the chemicals used in the HVHF process; and that report contain a separate section on the limitations of the report.
September 6, 2013
Chapter Comments to State on Fracking
Chesapeake Chapter has submitted comments to the state on the draft Best Management Practices for hydraulic fracturing. We were highly critical of the state’s decision to establish best practices before conducting studies of hydraulic fracturing’s possible impacts on Marylanders’ health and of the proposed imposition of a "medical gag rule" in Maryland.
April 22, 2013
Protesters Rally Outside DEP Offices On Earth Day To Fight Marcellus Shale Fracking
PSR-Philadelphia board member Walter Tsou, MD MPH, joined protests against hydraulic fracturing, a form of natural gas extraction that exposes nearby residents to toxic gases and fluids.
Source: CBS Philly
April 22, 2013
Florida PSR Concerned over Fracking Legislation
Florida PSR and the Florida League of Conservation Voters, in honor of Earth Day and respect for our Mother, are bringing attention to the dangers of hydraulic fracturing.
April 9, 2013
Fracking bill passes CA Senate committee
A provision protecting trade secrets led PSR Los Angeles, which backed the general principle of regulating fracking, to oppose the legislation.
Source: Sacramento Bee