All Categories

Is Fracking Behind a Cluster of Rare Childhood Cancers?

Photo: Ostroff Law / CC BY 3.0

How bad is fracking for human health?

We don’t know precisely, but indications are that it’s bad. (See, for example, the fracking Compendium and PSR’s recent inquiry into the connection between fracking pollution and susceptibility to Covid-19.)

Now, a new investigative report in The New Yorker explores the possibility that fracking is behind a cluster of rare bone cancers that has struck kids and young people in southwestern Pennsylvania.

I strongly encourage you to read the article. It is powerful yet balanced. And it quotes, among other sources, PSR/Pennsylvania staffer Tammy Murphy and Edward Ketyer, MD, PSR/Pennsylvania’s president-elect.

After you read the article, please consider adding your name to this letter to Pennsylvania officials, calling on them to move quickly to study the health impacts of fracking, including the effects of the radioactive fracking wastes that are widespread in Pennsylvania.

Take Action