But… but…but that would mean the oil industry has been lying to us!
That would never happen, I’m sure.
COLUMBIA, Mo. –Recent discussions of fracking have centered on potential air and water pollution from chemicals used in these processes and how it affects the more than 15 million Americans living within one mile of these operations.
Susan C. Nagel, a researcher with the University of Missouri, and national colleagues have conducted the largest review to date of research centered on fracking byproducts and their effects on human reproductive and developmental health. They determined that exposure to chemicals released in fracturing may be harmful to human health in men, women and children and recommend further scientific study.
“We examined more than 150 peer-reviewed studies reporting on the effects of chemicals used in UOG (Unconventional Oil and Gas extraction) operations and found evidence to suggest there is cause for concern for human health,” said Nagel. “Further, we found that previous studies suggest that adult and early life exposure to chemicals associated with UOG operations can result in adverse reproductive health and developmental defects in humans.”
The reviewers concluded that exposure to air and water pollution caused by UOG operations may be linked to health concerns including infertility, miscarriage, impaired fetal growth, birth defects and reduced semen quality.
“There are far fewer human studies than animal studies; however, taken together, the studies did show that humans can be harmed by these chemicals released from fracking,” Nagel said. “There is strong evidence of decreased semen quality in men, higher miscarriages in women and increased risk of birth defects in children.