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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Study Says Fracking Chemical Disrupt Hormone Function

From The Endocrine Society:
A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body’s hormones, according to new research accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology.
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of the endocrine system. EDCs can be found in manufactured products as well as certain foods, air, water and soil. Research has linked EDC exposure to infertility, cancer and birth defects.
“More than 700 chemicals are used in the fracking process, and many of them disturb hormone function,” said one of the study’s authors, Susan C. Nagel, PhD, of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. “With fracking on the rise, populations may face greater health risks from increased endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure.”
Energy in Depth has already responded to the study's claims on behalf of the industry.  In part:
FACT V: Acknowledges technical advice from anti-fracking activist. 
The report’s acknowledgements section includes a shout out to Ms. Theo Colborn, the author of her own debunked study on hydraulic fracturing and air quality. Ms. Colborn provided “technical advice” and “comments on the manuscript,” according to the study. 
Just as a refresher: Ms. Colborn runs the Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX), which claims the industry is “steamrolling over vast land segments in the West,” and has referred to oil and gas operations as “cancer-like.” 
Ms. Colborn is also the one who admitted that a goal of anti-fracking activism needs to be working with the press to get the most destructive narrative about hydraulic fracturing into the headlines. Speaking at an anti-industry activist event recently, Colborn stated
“Somehow, some way, we need to get drilling and all the other sources of the pollution into the headlines, along with fracking. We’ve got to work on the media on this.” 
Sound familiar? 
Read the entire press release on the study by clicking here.  The entire response from Energy in Depth can be viewed by clicking here.

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