March 26, 2014

Contact: LuAnne Kozma, Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan

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Health Impacts of Shale Gas Development” presentation by Dr. Larysa Dyrszka and fundraiser to be held in Ann Arbor by Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan


Charlevoix, Michigan – The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan announces the first in a series of speakers and events on the public health impacts of gas drilling and fracking. Dr. Larysa Dyrszka, M.D., a co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York, will present “Health Impacts of Shale Gas Development” at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday evening, April 10 at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is free at Washtenaw Community College.

A fundraiser reception to support the Committee's ballot initiative to ban horizontal fracking and frack wastes in Michigan will precede Dyrszka's presentation, from 5:30 to 6:45 pm.

Evidence is mounting in states with ongoing fracking and gas and oil development that people, animals, and entire communities are getting sick and paying the price for this toxic industry. Many are leaving their homes due to the contamination of their land, the water they drink and the air they breathe,” reports LuAnne Kozma, campaign director for Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.

"This is a timely opportunity for the Michigan Public Health Community, nurses, doctors and parents. Dr. Dyrszka provides current information and research on how this new form of energy is affecting the health of residents who live in the shadow of the drilling rigs," said long-time public health nurse in Southeast Michigan, Diane Weckerle, RN Med.

The Committee's fundraiser reception takes place at 5:30 to 6:45 pm at the Morris Lawrence Building, room 105, Washtenaw Community College at 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Tickets are $40 per person and may be reserved at the Committee's website at “Fundraisers.”

The lecture takes place at 7:00 pm down the hall in Room 101, also in the Morris Lawrence Building.

More about Dr. Larysa Dyrszka:

Dr. Larysa Dyrszka, a pediatrician, has been speaking out on behalf of children for a long time -- in defense of human rights in the United Nations Economic and Social Committee, against trafficking internationally and most recently against the health effects of fracking for natural gas in New York State. Over the past three years she has gathered data and scientific research on health problems from fracking in Pennsylvania, Colorado and beyond. She has presented testimony on the "Potential Health Impacts of Gas Drilling" in the New York State Assembly, at the NYS Democratic Caucus Hearing, at the Assembly's Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation, at the Delaware River Basin Commission, in Columbus, Ohio and Altoona, PA, at Rutgers University, Sarah Lawrence College, to the Master of Public Health Program Upstate University of CNY, and to the NY State Bar Association conference on gas drilling. She has also given public presentations to warn residents in the southern counties of New York where energy companies have been eager to drill.

Dr. Dyrszka is a founding member of Concerned Health Professionals of NY which organized health professionals to raise concerns about the health effects of gas drilling in New York. The efforts of health professionals and other environmental activists resulted in a temporary moratorium on fracking throughout New York State. She is also an active member of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, an organization that provides the public with independent scientific research and information on fracking and healthy energy alternatives.

The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan collected over 70,000 signatures face-to-face from Michigan voters in 2013. This year the Committee is focusing on fundraising and public awareness to again collect signatures in 2015. The Committee plans to bring in more medical and public health experts to warn Michigan residents and practitioners of the harms to human and animal health caused by the frack industry.

Contributions to the campaign can be made online at or by check to: Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, PO Box 490, Charlevoix, MI, 49720. Contributions must include: contributor's name address, and occupation, employer name, and employer address. 



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