Could Water Near Fracking Sites Disrupt Hormones?

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Opponents of the fracking technique say that it potentially allows carcinogenic chemicals to escape and contaminate groundwater near drilling sites – this is used for drinking water for residents in nearby locations. Not only does fracking pose a cancer threat, shows that drinking water wells are contaminated with 17 times more methane concentrations than normal wells, which links to sensory, respiratory and neurological damage when the contaminated water is ingested.

Scientists at the University of Missouri discovered that 12 known or suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals used in fracking could affect the human reproductive hormones. Researchers from the University of Missouri who participated in this study, which was published in the journal Endocrinology, collected samples of ground and surface water from drilling sites in the Colorado region and from the Colorado River, which is used for draining fracking fluids. The samples had higher amounts of endocrine disrupting chemicals than in areas where no drilling activity occurs.

In spite of the continual controversy fracking has caused, the UK Government are looking to allow fracking companies to drill under private land without homeowner’s consent. Shale gas exploration licences have been given to firms for regions across the UK. As in the US, loopholes in UK law allows fracking firms to keep the extensive fluid ingredients a proprietary secret.

The evidence undoubtedly proves that fracking is certainly affecting the water and the chemical exposure could lead to hormonal defects when ingested. However, further research is needed to ascertain whether there are other potential health effects. This would be made simpler if the fracking firms would disclose the ingredients in their fracking fluids.