Asthma Rates in Fracking and Non-Fracking States

Researchers with ties to anti-fracking groups have been putting out a number of reports that attempt to link fracking to asthma. But time and time again, their studies have been debunked by credible health and research institutions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest asthma data show that states that have banned fracking – New York and Vermont – actually have far higher asthma rates than four of the top oil producing states in country: Texas, California, Alaska, and North Dakota.

In fact, Texas — which activist groups like Earthworks claim is ground zero for asthma issues related to fracking — has the lowest asthma rates in the country. Check out EID’s new infographic to learn more.


  • Sharon
    Posted at 10:41h, 30 January Reply

    Nice try. But you are comparing apples to oranges. Play again. Use regions where fracking is happening and compare those to regions where it’s not.

  • Sandy Radziwon
    Posted at 07:27h, 08 February Reply

    People with asthma don’t always end up in the hospital. Hospital records don’t prove anything. I have asthma and it has never landed me in the hospital. So am I not counted?

    • Steve
      Posted at 16:41h, 29 March Reply

      Even so, it shows that serious cases requiring hospitalisation are more common in non-fracking regions. This also makes it very likely that milder asthma is also more common.

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