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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Study finds chemicals associated with fracking in water wells

Some of the findings of a recently published U.S. groundwater study are “alarming.” A highly comprehensive groundwater study that was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), discovered elevated levels of multiple chemical compounds and metals linked to the fracking (hydraulic fracturing) process in private and public water wells along the Barnett Shale, which is “incredibly alarming” according to the lead scientist of the study. Over the past two years, groundwater tests were performed in 13 counties along the Barnett Shale. The peer-reviewed study, which was…

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Fracking does not contaminate water, according to EPA study

A long-anticipated study from the EPA says hydraulic fracturing is not a threat to drinking water. One of the biggest ongoing debates regarding hydraulic fracturing – the controversial oil and natural gas extraction process better known as fracking – is whether or not it contaminates aquifers with potentially harmful chemicals, which are used in the liquid mixture of water, sand and chemicals that is pumped into the ground to break up the rock below. While many believe that hydrofracturing does put the public’s drinking water supply at risk of contamination,…

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Study finds fracking is used in half of oil and natural-gas production in California

About 20% of the Golden State’s oil production involves hydraulic fracturing. According to a report from the California Council on Science and Technology, for the past ten years, about half of the typical 300 oil and natural-gas wells that were installed in the state each month, were fracking wells, and that roughly 20% of California’s production of oil and natural-gas is the result of hydraulic fracturing. Almost all of the fracked wells in the state are located in Kern County and Fresno County. The study found that most of the…

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Fracking is not the cause of contaminated groundwater according to new study

Leaky gas wells are the culprit behind water pollution in Pennsylvania and Texas. Although it is often feared and speculated that fracking could lead to groundwater contamination and affect the drinking water of nearby residents, and while cases of tainted groundwater have occurred in regions of Texas and Pennsylvania and were blamed on the controversial practice, a new study says that the contamination was caused by faulty natural gas wells and not the drilling process. Scientists found evidence during their research that suggested hydraulic fracturing was not the source of…

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Frack quakes may be the reason the ground is shaking in Oklahoma

A new study has found that earthquakes in the state may be triggered by fracking wastewater. Researchers from the University of Colorado and Cornell University say they have some new scientific evidence to support their observations that frack quakes are to blame for the giant group of earthquakes that have hit central Oklahoma, which they believe were likely caused by disposal well activity where wastewater from hydraulic fracturing and other drilling operations is forced into the ground. Oklahoma is currently the second most seismically active state in the continental U.S.…

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