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Fracking Next Door Help Center

Fracking’s harms are real and documented. Do you believe you or your family been harmed by fracking’s impacts?

Submit the form to find out more information about services and be connected to legal professionals and people from public health and community groups who are available to help you. We have volunteers and leaders from organizations across the state who are working on similar issues and who would like to help you. Unfortunately, the issues you are facing are likely being experienced by others across the state. We are committed to helping you connect directly to the best people we can find who are a good match for the help you need.

The Halt the Harm Network is a network supported by a nonprofit entity, Netcentric Campaigns, with the mission to connect people working to halt the harms of fracking. Read more about the Network and the Help Center.

Note: The information you provide to us is not confidential and will be shared with our volunteers and allies so we can serve you best. We will never sell your information.

You can also call the Help Center phone line at (877) 250-3674 to access this same information.

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Fracking Next Door

The industry promotes a vision that landowners all benefit from fracking. The campaign “It’s Just the Beginning” doesn’t tell the entire story.


In Pennsylvania alone, more than 200,000 people live less than 880 yards (a half-mile) from an unconventional well, according to FracTracker. A Skytruth-supported citizen-scientists analysis of aerial survey imagery of gas and oil industry activity in Pennsylvania, they found that between 2005 - 2013 there was a total of 2,724 active industrial operations identified in the Marcellus Shale region in the state. Since the start of 2007, a PennEnvironment study into the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s database found that industry has drilled more than 9,100 wells in the state. The same study also collected data on the number of institutions housing vulnerable populations like young children, the sick or the elderly situated near fracking They found that across the state as of May 2015, there were “166 schools, 165 child care providers, 21 nursing care facilities and six hospitals within one mile of permitted fracking well sites.”

In a report done by the Environmental Health Perspectives team at the National Institute of Health (released in January 2015), a community environmental health assessment showed that the number of reported health symptoms per person was higher among residents living less than one kilometer from the nearest gas well compared to less than two kilometers. The study concluded that the proximity of natural gas wells may be associated with the prevalence of health symptoms including dermal and respiratory conditions in residents living near natural gas extraction activities. See a detailed report and summary here. See more studies on this topic here.

Constant noise:

Oil and gas development creates constant noise that disrupts healthy living conditions due to heavy traffic from trucks, drilling, well pump and compressor station activity, just to name a few sources. In a review of the health effects of unconventional natural gas extraction in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, researchers stated “for communities near development and production sites the major stressors are air pollutants, ground and surface water contamination, truck traffic and noise pollution, accidents and malfunctions, and psychosocial stress associated with community change.” Read more on noise and its impact on health. See a detailed report and summary here. See more studies on this topic here.

Noxious Fumes [outputs of gas]:

A study led by a team of researchers from Yale University looked at the relationship between household proximity to drilling and fracking operations and reported health symptoms in Washington County, Pennsylvania. The study found that the respiratory and dermal health symptoms reported by residents increased in frequency the closer they lived to a gas well.

Not only do the noxious fumes impact the residents near drilling locations, they also impact the health of workers at drilling and gas development sites. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recognizes that the workers in the oil and gas extraction industry are especially at risk for respiratory diseases like silicosis. Read more on fracking-related air pollution. See more studies on this topic here.

Toxic Ponds:

In the process of oil and gas production, some drilling companies collect and store their waste (mixed with drilling and hydraulic fracturing fluids) in waste pits or drill pits. The Environmental Protection Agency calls the waste in these toxic ponds “radioactive” as they include radium-226, radium-228 and radon gas. The Public Herald reported the story of a Pennsylvania resident, Judy, who had a waste pit buried about 450 feet away from her home, despite the Department of Environmental Protection denying the company the permit to do so due to the fact that it would be “too close to a water supply.” Read what happened to Judy and her neighbors’ water supply. See more studies on this topic here.

Dorene Dougherty“Serious Health Concerns”:

Dorene Dougherty lives in Eaton Township, Pennsylvania. Dorene suffers from Toxic Encephalopathy, which makes her hyper-sensitive to airborne, chemical, electrical and other irritants. Dorene has to wear a clay mask due to the disorder. If fracking comes to Dorene’s area, the effects would exacerbate the problem with potentially fatal impacts. Read more.

A Yale University study found that “proximity of natural gas wells may be associated with the prevalence of health symptoms including dermal and respiratory conditions in residents living near natural gas extraction activities.” Read the study here.

About the Project

The Help Center Initiative is a project of the Halt the Harm Network (HHN). Our goal is to direct people in need to services that may be helpful to them. Service connections may be legal, advocacy or educational in nature.

HHN is a people-powered network connecting Leaders and Supporters in the movement to halt the harms of fracking, so they can solve problems, collaborate, share ideas and inspire each other. Our goal is to support and scale the innovative work of Leaders in this movement. Read our Privacy Policy here.

The information on this website is provided with the intention to assist you in learning more about help you can receive if you believe you have been harmed by fracking and gas development. The information found here should not be considered legal or health advice and is not intended to constitute legal or health advice. This website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Nothing on this website constitutes, or is meant to constitute advice of any kind. Further, this website is not intended as a solicitation and should not be construed as an invitation to form an attorney-client relationship. Each situation is unique and you should not take any action or make any decisions based on the information on this website without first obtaining separate legal advice. The viewing and use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship or a doctor-patient relationship. This website should not be viewed as an offer to perform legal services in any jurisdiction. Please do not send us any information concerning any potential legal matter. This is a nonprofit project and we do not charge you for any of the work we do.

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