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Assessment of the Acute and Chronic Health Hazards of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids

E. V. Wattenberg et al., J Occup Environ Hyg. 12/9 (2015)

Key findings:

  • The constituents of hydraulic fracturing fluids (HFFs) present occupational health risks because workers may be directly exposed to them, and general public health risks because of potential air and water contamination.
  • This article presents a practical and adaptable tool for the hazard identification of HFF constituents.
  • Some of the constituents with the highest health hazard count, e. g. naphthalene and benzyl chloride, have been widely used.
  • The 25 most hazardous constituents reportedly used in North Dakota largely overlap with those reported for Texas and Pennsylvania, despite different geologic formations, or target resources (oil vs. gas).

Bibliography:
Wattenberg EV, Bielicki JM, Suchomel AE, Sweet JT, Vold EM, Ramachandran G.
Assessment of the Acute and Chronic Health Hazards of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids.
J Occup Environ Hyg. 2015;12(9):611-24. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2015.1029612.
PMID: 25894916

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