A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas

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The specific ways in which fracking threatens to compromise human rights.

From the Executive Summary:

A recent United Nations General Assembly document informs the UN Human Rights Council that the environmental damage caused by hydraulic fracturing for natural gas poses “a new threat to human rights.” And a recent United Nations Resolution states that “environmental damage can have negative implications, both direct and indirect, for the effective enjoyment of human rights.”

This human rights report is intended to detail for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and for Earthworks' Oil and Gas Accountability Project, specific ways in which hydraulic fracturing threatens to compromise human rights norms.