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Damning Evidence of Fracking Health Issues —

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After many years of advocacy against fracking, including by many OSFR volunteers, fracking remains a threat to Florida’s environment.  As we and others have said before, as time goes on we constantly learn of more evidence against this destructive activity.

The numbers revealed below are shocking; these disorders are not just a little higher, but up to 55 and 91 times more than normal.  This cannot be allowed to continue.  This is the smoking gun.

The fossil fuels industry is powerful.  We have sat in on Tallahassee Legislative committees and heard our elected officials blatantly and intentionally lie to committee members while touting bills protecting fracking in Florida.

We have also sat in on Legislative committees and been  blatantly and intentionally lied to by members of the committee.   More than once.

Read the original article here in EchoWatch.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


Sky-High Levels of Fracking Chemicals Detected in Children’s Bodies


While the hazards of fracking to human health are well-documented, first-of-its-kind research from Environmental Health News shows the actual levels of biomarkers for fracking chemicals in the bodies of children living near fracking wells far higher than in the general population.

The research fills a gap in the science between the health harms experienced by those living near fracking and the known harms caused by fracking chemicals: whether fracking chemicals were actually in people’s bodies. They are. Of the southwestern Pennsylvania families who participated in the study, those who lived closer to fracking wells had higher levels of fracking chemicals or their biomarkers than those who lived far away.

As reported by Environmental Health News:

In Texas, researchers found that babies born near frequent flaring—the burning off of excess natural gas from fracking wells—are 50 percent more likely to be premature. In Colorado, the state Department of Health found that people living near fracking sites face elevated risk of nosebleeds, headaches, breathing trouble, and dizziness. In Pennsylvania, researchers found that people living near fracking face increased rates of infant mortality, depression, and hospitalizations for skin and urinary issues. Studies of fracking communities throughout the country have found that living near fracking wells increases the risk of premature births, high-risk pregnancies, asthma, migraines, fatigue, nasal and sinus symptoms, skin disorders and heart failure; and laboratory studies have linked chemicals used in fracking fluid to endocrine disruption—which can cause hormone imbalance, reproductive harm, early puberty, brain and behavior problems, improper immune function, and cancer.

“We have enough evidence at this point that these health impacts should be of serious concern to policymakers interested in protecting public health,” Irena Gorski Steiner, an environmental epidemiology doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Environmental Health News (EHN).

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