Oil and Gas Fracking Could Lead to Low Birth Weights

Published By : 14 Dec 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A recent study that was published in a science journal, Science Advances, has connected low birth rates with fracking sites of oil and gas. The study has suggested that pregnant women who reside near such sites are at greater risk of giving birth to low-weight babies

Study Contested by Oil and Gas Indutry

The study took into consideration 1.1 million births in Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2014 and the findings of the study reveal that babies who are born to mothers living very close to, less than half a mile, to sites where oil and gas fracking takes place.  The study reveals that around 25% of such babies are likely to be born with low weight.

If pregnant women move far away from such sites, the risk diminishes. The study noticed difference in birth weights if the would-be mother lived more than 2 miles away from the well sites.  

Experts of fetal medicines have become wary following the disclosure of the findings. Dr. Chuck Mirabile is quick to point out that the study does not divulge in the cause and effect relation. He also pointed out that most of the fracking sites are located in rural or mostly uninhabited areas and such areas are inhabited generally by people from the low socio-economic demographics who live there. People hailing form low socio-economic background already do not have substantial access to prenatal care.

Apart from Dr. Chuck Mirabile, officials of oil and gas industry also pointed out faults in the study. Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association said that the study only pointed out at a probable pollutant and it does not take into account various other factors such as the mother’s age and various other factors that could have also resulted in low-birth weights.

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