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NEHA Fracking Survey and Results
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:37am

Fracking is a controversial issue – holding the promise of increased oil and gas production against its environmental and public health impact. Rather than focus on the politics (and related issues) of fracking, NEHA wants to share with its JEH readers how different environmental and public health entities are responding to the emergence of fracking in their areas. More specifically -  

 ·         What are the environmental health effects that you or other environmental health professionals are asked to respond to or mitigate?
·         Is your organization responding to more or fewer fracking-related requests than in the past?
·         Does your organization have sufficient resources to respond to such requests?
·         Has your organization developed new policies or procedures specifically related to fracking that would be worth sharing?
We are also looking for anecdotal accounts of how environmental health professionals in your state respond to environmental health issues directly attributable to fracking operations.
We would be deeply appreciative if you could please provide any comments to these or even other aspects of the fracking issue and your experience with it. Please also understand that anything you provide to us may be shared by NEHA with your environmental health colleagues.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss this request for your help further, please contact me at either tosner@neha.org or by phone at 303-756-9090 ext 302.
Thank you for your time and assistance.
Terry
Terence Osner
National Environmental Health Association
720 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 1000-N
Denver, CO 80246

RESULTS OF SURVEY:  

State
Fracking Wells since 2005
Texas
33,753
Colorado
18,168
Pennsylvania
6,651
North Dakota
5,166
Arkansas
4,910
West Virginia
3,275
Oklahoma
2,694
Louisiana
2,327
New Mexico
1,353
Utah
1,336
Wyoming
1,126