Fracking Causes Health Impacts

Pennsylvania Fracking Victims Come to Albany to Detail Serious Health Issues

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As Residents from Across Pennsylvania Tell Legislators Their Stories, New Yorkers Against Fracking Releases New Television Ad Highlighting Dead Cows and Poisoned Water

 (Albany, NY) – As the State rapidly approaches the deadline to decide whether to allow fracking to go forward in New York, residents from across Pennsylvania came forward to tell legislators their stories.  New Yorkers Against Fracking also released an ad, which will initially run in the Albany and New York City markets highlighting stories of dead cows and poisoned water.

Since fracking began in states outside of New York, there have been numerous reports of water contamination. Studies link fracking-related activities to contaminated groundwater; air pollution; illness, death, and reproductive problems in cows, horses and wildlife; and human health problems.

“These stories from Pennsylvania are very alarming,” said Dr. Sheila Bushkin, MD, MPH of the Institute for Health and the Environment at University at Albany. “The perspective of the gas industry fails to show adequate concern for the long-term health and quality of life of people.  When you listen to the personal experiences of actual residents of Pennsylvania and other states where fracking has gone forward, you will hear stories of dead cows, pets, sick children, poisoned water and other serious health and environmental problems. These stories confirm our need for much greater research and evidence-based scientific facts.”

“My story is not unusual,” said Terry Greenwood, a farmer from Southwestern Pennsylvania.  “After my cows drank from a pond that was contaminated by frackwater, 10 of the 19 calves were born stillborn.”

“The industry says there are no problems,” said Matt Manning.  “Well when the industry came to Northeastern PA, our water turned black and started bubbling. Our kids would cough and choke in the shower. It got so bad that the state required the companies to provide us with deliveries of clean water.  But that’s not a long-term solution.”

Ron Gulla, a farmer from Hickory in Southwest Pennsylvania said, “These are not isolated incidents. I’ve talked to so many people whose water has been contaminated and whose families have been poisoned by fracking.”

List of the Harmed – a growing list of over 800 individuals who have been harmed by fracking. It has been compiled by Jenny Lysk.

“With tens of thousands of wells, transportation and processing devices spread across the landscape of the typical gas fields or plays, hundreds of accidents will happen over a year,” said David Brown, ScD of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project said in a statement. “No one can assure people who live, work, or attend school near drilling and fracking operations that they are safe.”

Sue Kinchy, a nurse and more than 30 year resident of Bradford County, PA who fled to New York a year ago after the impacts of fracking destroyed the nature of her community said, “Medically, we saw fracking linked to rashes, dizziness, headaches, and many, many more accidents. Crime skyrocketed, trucks crowded the roads, and kids went to school within sight of wellpads and flaring. Governor Cuomo, don’t allow fracking in New York.”

“The Cuomo administration repeatedly asserts that human health problems from fracking will not occur because its proposed regulations will eliminate all pathways of exposure, even though it has not identified these exposures through direct investigation and cannot explain how regulations would prevent exposures from inevitable accidents and well failures,” said Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. “Rather than undertake a comprehensive health impact assessment of fracking, the Cuomo administration instead hired outside experts to review its own internal health evaluation but released revised regulations before completion of the health review and has refused to release any substantial information on the review, placing gag orders on the outside experts.”

The ad can be viewed at:

The script of the ad:


Governor Cuomo is considering opening New York State to fracking.  The gas industry says it’s safe.  Here’s what our neighbors in Pennsylvania say who have been living with fracking since 2004.

Norma Kydamik

We were doing just fine until this drilling started and then all of a sudden we were getting contaminants in our water and we find it’s not safe to drink.

Terry Greenwood

If it was safe then people wouldn’t get sick and animals wouldn’t die from drinking the water.

Dave Headley

We just got our air reports back and and found that there were seven chemicals that are over the legal limit.


I’ve had inflammation of the cornea and chemical burns to my eyes.


My children have had nosebleeds and blisters in their mouths.


The gas is gonna be gone and we’re still gonna have dirty water and dirty air.


There’s no money or anything worth trading your drinking water for.


When we first moved here, it was, it was heaven on Earth.  Now it’s hell on Earth.


You have clean air and water, preserve that, preserve that with your life.


Tell Governor Cuomo, learn from Pennsylvania, ban fracking, call eight five five, six seven five, ninety three hundred.  (1-855-675-9300)


Jodi Borello

Jodi has lived in Washington, PA for 31 yrs. She is a stay-at-home Mom. There are 6 gas wells within 500 yds of her house. She has suffered chemical burns to her eyes, bad rashes, and noise/air pollution and truck traffic. She lives on a slip zone where drilling and pipeline activity is taking place.

Pam Judy

Pam has lived in Carmichaels, PA for 43 yrs. She is an office administrator. There is a compressor station 200 yards from her house. She can hear noise from compressor station 24 hrs a day. Her children have suffered nose bleeds and blisters in their mouths, Pam has trouble breathing, problems with dizziness, and bad rashes as well as the truck traffic and noise and air pollution. She is unable to sell her house.

John Kurucz

John has lived in Washington, PA for 42 yrs. He is an army vet, truck driver and retired coal miner. He has also experienced the truck traffic and noise and air pollution and has had bad rashes. He lives on a slip zone where drilling and pipe line activity is taking place.

Terry Greenwood

Terry has has been a farmer in Daisytown, PA for 24 years. He has bought property without gas rights, All of the cows that he raised were still born after a well site leaked into his pond where cows drink water. He lost 10 calves and a cow. His wife has bad rashes. He’s received no support from the government or gas company in response to the problems.

Norma Kydamik

Norma lives in Evans City, PA. She is a housewife who tends to her son who has special needs. Her water well went bad after wells were drilled and fracked near her house.

David Headley

Dave lives in Smithfield, PA. He retired and bought property without gas rights (have coal and mineral rights). The gas company came put in a couple of wells and dug up their land 200 feet from their house to install horizontal pipe line. They have suffered from nose bleeds, rashes, and noise and air pollution.