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How Fracking Affects People, Pets, and Our Food

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dairy cattle lit from behind by the glow of gas being flared as waste from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil is extracted using hydraulic fracturing, March 22, 2014 near Buttonwillow, CA. Dairy cattle lit from behind by the glow of gas being flared as waste from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil is extracted using hydraulic fracturing, March 22, 2014 near Buttonwillow, CA. (David McNew/Getty Images/Getty)

Across the country the extraction of natural gas by hydraulic fracturing—fracking—is expanding, and some people and communities are worried about its environmental consequences. Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Robert Oswald, a pharmacologist, look at the effects associated with hydraulic fracturing on people, pets, and livestock. They talk about interviewing families living near fracking sites who have report symptoms such as severe fatigue, nose bleeds, and difficulty breathing. In The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food, Bamberger and Oswald argue that examining effects on animals can identify new methods to minimize unhealthy exposure in the human population.

Guests:

Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald

Comments [4]

Amy from Manhattan

Main lesson: Get your water tested *before* they start fracking. (Also test your gas stove for radon--not only upstate but here in NYC! See saneenergyproject.org.)

Aug. 15 2014 01:31 PM
Arleigh Hartkopf from Long Valley

What happens in the long run to aquifers when fracking fluid injection wells are nearby?

Aug. 15 2014 12:33 PM
tom LI

How much money is spent on the retrieval of the oil, and how much oil in dollars is actually retrieved from a site? Is the process worth the effort?

Aug. 15 2014 12:26 PM
thomas from NYC

Greetings fellow Lopate listeners! I run a Meetup discussion group dedicated to various WNYC programs. I'm hosting an event tomorrow based on one of Leonard's programs that aired recently:

http://www.meetup.com/Public-Radio-New-Yorkers/events/198831382/

Join us for an afternoon of fun, intellectual, and friendly discussions!

Aug. 15 2014 10:57 AM

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