Category Archive: Health and social impacts

Public health implications of environmental noise associated with unconventional oil and gas development

This review of the epidemiological literature focuses on the noise emitted by UOGD and its potential to trigger even grave disease. Key findings: Reviewed non-auditory health outcomes from environmental noise exposure. Potential outcomes include annoyance, sleep disturbance, and cardiovascular disease. Oil and gas operations produce noises at levels that may increase health risks. Additional noise …

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Association of groundwater constituents with topography and distance to unconventional gas wells

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The outcome of this large empirical evaluation of groundwater samples up and downwards from fracked UGD wells in Pennsylvania hints to possible negative impacts of UGD on water quality, thus to pathogenic effects of this production technique. Highlights Groundwater (GW) quality was associated with distance to UGD gas wells and topography. Ca, Cl, & SO4 …

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Unconventional oil and gas development and risk of childhood leukemia: Assessing the evidence.

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The findings of this literature review support the need for investigation into the relationship between UO&G development and risk of cancer in general and childhood leukemia in particular. Abstract The widespread distribution of unconventional oil and gas (UO&G) wells and other facilities in the United States potentially exposes millions of people to air and water …

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Exposure to Glycol Ethers and Neurocognitive Abilities in 6-Year-Old Children: The PELAGIE Cohort Study

Glycol ethers are organic solvents which are widely used in cosmetics and cleaning agents, but also – in huge quantities – for drilling and for hydraulic fracturing. The results of this investigation suggest that prenatal exposure to glycol ethers can affect neurodevelopment, particularly the development of cognitive abilities in young people. Abstract Background: Glycol ethers …

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Dangerous and Close: Fracking Puts the Nation’s Most Vulnerable People at Risk

More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution. The finding comes from a new study (see PDF) by Environment America Research & Policy Center that exposes …

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Inspiring Collaboration: The Legacy of Theo Colborn’s Transdisciplinary Research on Fracking

This article describes Dr Theo Colborn’s legacy of inspiring complementary and synergistic environmental health research and advocacy. Colborn, a founder of endocrine disruption research, also stimulated study of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). In 2014, the United States led the world in oil and gas production, with fifteen million Americans living within one mile of an oil …

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Adequacy of Current State Setbacks for Directional High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

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The evidence uncovered by this review suggests that presently utilized setbacks may leave the public vulnerable to explosions, radiant heat, toxic gas clouds, and air pollution from hydraulic fracturing activities. Abstract Background: There is an increasing awareness of the multiple potential pathways leading to human health risks from hydraulic fracturing. Setback distances are a legislative …

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