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Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) and the Clean Air ActFracking and Air Quality

Richard B. Evans, MD, MPH, FCCP; David Prezant, MD, FCCP; Yuh Chin T. Huang, MD, MHS, FCCP; on behalf of the Occupational and Environmental Health Network of CHEST
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From the Department of Medicine (Dr Prezant), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center; and the Department of Medicine (Dr Huang), Duke University Medical Center. Dr Evans is retired.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Richard B. Evans, MD, MPH, FCCP, Ste b, #302, 27 Fennel Str, Skaneateles, NY 13152; e-mail: richardbevansmd@hotmail.com


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2015;148(2):298-300. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2582
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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting large amounts of sand, water, and chemicals deep underground at high pressures to extract natural gas from rock formations. At the same time, fracking also generates by-products, such as dust, silica, and other gases. While some groups consider fracking to represent a health risk,1 others suggest that fracking poses little risk to the public.2 To date, most studies have measured emissions from the wells and estimated exposure and its health impact based on the distance from the wells,3,4 but none have addressed potential health effects associated with specific elements impacted by fracking.

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