A new report out today by the Center for Environmental Health finds that fracking puts women’s and children’s health at risk. According to the report, Toxic and Dirty Secrets: The Truth About Fracking and Your Family’s Health:
The chemicals and substances that are used in or are byproducts of tight oil and shale gas development have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems, including issues of particular concern to pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, and children. Residents living close to unconventional natural gas wells were found to have higher estimated risks for cancer, breathing problems, and effects on the nervous system based on their exposure to air pollutants than residents who live farther from wells.
The report goes on to cite other studies conducted to date which demonstrate respiratory problems, fertility issues, low birth weight and birth defects, and cancer that result from the chemicals and processes used in fracking.
So, sure, fracking threatens our health and wellbeing. But that’s no reason to vote on (or heck, pass) a bill that would direct the state to hold off for two years while we get more and better information on fracking’s real impacts to the most vulnerable members of society, right? Especially not when there are industry profits on the line. No, sir. There’s money to be made here.
If you’re reading this, please tell Senators Skelos and Klein to lead or get out of the way — let the Senate vote on the moratorium bill so that we can know what we’re dealing with before we let gas companies put pregnant women and kids at risk.
Author: Katherine Nadeau