Mother Jones on oil and gas workers' injuries in North Dakota Tim McDonnell and James West explain how workers in the fracking industry in North Dakota are at risk. With a growing number of rigs, there is a growing number of deaths and there's a "lethal combination of factors: thousands of young, inexperienced workers; a glut of new, often mom-and-pop contractors; and out-of-date oil rigs being brought back online." Not to mention the fact that workers are dissuaded from filing worker's-comp claims, or the fact that fracking sand contains fine silica which could get into lungs and eventually lead to cancer. Though there has been much attention paid to the environmental hazards of fracking, the safety chief for the AFL-CIO says "there hasn't been sufficient attention paid to workers' safety."
The New York Times on SUNY Buffalo's fracking institute Speaking of fracking, the State University of New York is closing its Shale Resources and Society Institute. This move comes after professors, students, and SUNY trustees had petitioned the school to shut the institute down among "concerns in academia about the growing influence of corporate money in research especially at a time when government grants are declining." Mireya Navarro writes that the school's president wrote in a letter that the reason for the shut down was an "assessment that determined that it lacked 'sufficient' faculty presence, that it was not consistent enough in disclosing its financial interests and that the credibility of its research was compromised because of questions over its financing."