New research reveals fracking may affect male fertility

Exposure to chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing has been connected to reduced sperm count in adult male mice. Hydrualic fracturing, the controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique, more commonly referred to as fracking, has been linked to several negative effects including earthquakes, water contamination, health problems and, most recently, premature births. Now, new research conducted on mice has shown that chemicals used in the fracking process can damage the reproductive health of male mice, by potentially causing lowering sperm count, larger testicles, and higher levels of testosterone. The researchers…

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Chemicals used in fracking found in Pennsylvania Drinking Water

Study finds chemical compounds used for hydraulic fracturing in household drinking water. According to the findings of a study recently published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, trace amounts of 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE), a chemical compound used in drilling fluid (and can also be found in cosmetics and household paint), were found in the drinking water of three Pennsylvanian homes; a finding which only adds to the growing concern that fracking poses risks to public health. The three homes are located near gas wells in the Marcellus Shale.…

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Fracking could be hazardous to health, warns university study

Drilling for natural gas via hydraulic fracturing without proper safeguards may lead to health problems. A recent University of Maryland (UM) study that comes from the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, part of the UM’s public health school, cautions that the practice of fracking might be harmful to the health of workers, residents, and communities in Western Maryland, if adequate safety measures are not put into place. Air pollution caused by gas development could harm drilling crews and local residents. The study, which was released earlier this week, also…

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