Fracking for oil and gas uses a wide range of chemicals that disrupt reproductive function in both sexes. Now an academic study has found a powerful correlation between stillbirth, miscarriage, birth defects, low sperm count, and exposure to fracking chemicals.
Exposure to Fracking Chemicals
We were unhappy, but not surprised, to be reading the Ecologist and come across this new scientific information.
From the Ecologist’s latest article that details the study that conclusively shows that fracking causing birth defects, miscarriages and a multitude of horrid side effects.
“In Glenwood Springs, Colorado, mothers have been suffering from an unusually high rate of miscarriage and stillbirths.
A newly published study has concluded that 70% of cases lived greater than 15 miles from an active well created as a result of fracking and directional drilling. The remaining 30% were between 5 to 8 miles from the nearest active well.
This link is not a coincidence. A major review study undertaken by Susan C. Nagel and colleagues at the University of Missouri emphasises (sic) the major health threat posed by fracking and other unconventional oil and natural gas operations (UOGs) – especially to pregnant women and would-be parents.”
It goes further than that. The articles goes on to say
“UOG operations release large amounts of reproductive, immunological, and neurological toxicants, carcinogens as well as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) into the environment that may negatively affect human health”, the study warns.
The conclusion is clear: unconventional oil and natural gas operations pose a serious threat not only to the environment, but to our health and ability to have children.
“The studies show that humans can be harmed by these chemicals released from fracking”, Nagel said in an interview. “There is strong evidence of decreased semen quality in men, higher miscarriages in women and increased risk of birth defects in children.”
I’d written years ago about the connection of fracking and birth defects and miscarriages and the nay sayers came out in droves and said I was sensationalizing. Then Gasland the movie came out but still, they said it was “just a film” and wasn’t accurate.
Now maybe these scientific studies will make them think twice. The problem is fracking is encroaching on so many of us. We live in Florida but now they say they will begin fracking here in the Sunshine state too. Where can one get away from it? Too bad there aren’t enough remote islands for us to all go live on.
I’m fracking sick of fracking which is why we’ve gone solar with the house and cars. It’s time to find an alternative and use it. Not just for ourselves but for our planet, the animals, and future generations.
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