Hydraulic Fracturing ("fracking")

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INDEX OF THE DIGEST OF INDEPENDENT SCIENCE ON HYDROFRACKING
Prepared for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
July, 2012

Section 1: HEALTH IMPACTS
1. Natural Gas Operations from a Public Health Perspective (Colborn, Kwiatkowski, Schultz, Bachran) Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, Sept. 2011
2. Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health (Bamberger, Oswald) New Solutions, 2012
3. Local Experiences Related to the Marcellus Shale Industry (Covey) Troy Community Hospital, Bradford, PA - Power Point document
4. Battlement Mesa Draft HIA (Colorado School of Public Health) February 2011
5. Fatalities Among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers -- United States 2003-2006 (Node, Conway) CDC MMR Weekly April 2008
6. Chemical and Biological Risk Assessment for Natural Gas Extraction in New York (Bishop) March 2011

Section 2: WATER CONTAMINATION
7. Potential Contaminant Pathways from Hydraulically Fractured Shale of Aquifers (Myers) National Ground Water Association. Ground Water, April 2012
8. Methane Contamination of Drinking Water Accompanying Gas-Well Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing (Osborn, Vengosh, Warner, Jackson) PNAS 2011
9. Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Water Resources (Swackhamer, University of Minnesota) - Power Point document
10. Investigation of Ground Water Contamination near Pavillion, Wyoming (draft) - (Summary only) (DiGiulio, Wilkin, Miller, Oberly) Environmental Protection Agency, 2011
11. Geochemical Evidence For Possible Natural Migration of Marcellus Formation Brine to Shallow Aquifers in Pennsylvania (Warner, Jackson, Darrah, Osborn, Down, Zhao, White, Vengosh) Proceedings of the National Academies of Science of the United States 2012
12. Water Pollution Risk Associated with Natural Gas Extraction from the Marcellus Shale (Rozell and Reaven) Risk Analysis, August 2012 and link to the attached rozell and reaven study.

Section 3: AIR POLLUTION
13. Human Health Risk Assessment of Air Emissions from Development of Unconventional Natural Gas Resources (McKenzie, Witter, Newman, Adgate) Colorado School of Public Health, 2012
14. Air Pollutant Emissions from Shale Gas Development and Production (Robinson, Carnegie Mellon) - Power Point document

Section 4: CLIMATE IMPACTS
15. Methane and the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural Gas from Shale Formations (Howarth, Santoro, Ingraffea) Climate Change, 2011
16. Venting and Leaking of Methane from Shale Gas Development: Response to Cathles et al (Howarth, Santoro, Ingraffea) Climate Change, 2012
17. Coal To Gas: The Influence of Methane Leakage (Wigley) Climate Change, August 2011

Section 5: WELLS / RADIATION RISKS
18. History of Oil and Gas Well Abandonment in New York (Link not available) (Bishop) SUNY College at Oneonta, 2012
19. Radium Content of Oil- and Gas-Field Produced Waters in the Northern Appalachian Basin (Rowan, Engle, Kirby, Kraemer) USGS 2011

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