New study finds fracking water linked to infertility, cancer

Dec. 18, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Researchers at the University of Missouri found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in groundwater near fracking sites.

COLUMBIA, Mo. —  A new study published in the journal Endocrinology has found chemicals linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer in water samples from hydraulic fracturing sites, according to an article from Climate Progress.

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 “With fracking on the rise, populations may face greater health risks from increased endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure,” said senior author Susan Nagel.

Groundwater samples from Garfield County, Colo. contained the elevated levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), the article noted.

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The samples were gathered from five sites where there have been natural gas spills over the last six years and compared to sites with no fracking activity, reported the article.

Of the 750 chemicals reportedly used for fracking, more than 100 are known or suspected to be endocrine-disrupting, according to the article.

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