As the fight for a ballot measure to ban fracking comes down to the wire in Monterey County, the Yale School of Public Health has released a report of a new study showing that fracking releases 55 different cancer-causing chemicals into both the air and water
Assistant Professor Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., the lead researcher on the study, said she was especially concerned about the risk of childhood leukemia, since it’s a serious illness that can develop quickly. Risk of leukemia or lymphoma specifically is associated with 20 of the carcinogenic pollutants identified by the study.
Researchers said they had evaluated a larger list of chemicals released by fracking than previous studies had done. They found that fracking releases 55 known or suspected carcinogens into the air or water or both. The team is now working to evaluate the actual increased cancer risk in areas near fracking operations. They have begun been testing air and water samples for some of these known and suspected carcinogens in a community with particularly intense exposure to fracking, to evaluate whether people there are exposed to these compounds, and if so, at what concentrations.
Read the study, published in the January 2017 issue of Science of the Total Environment, here