Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

December 17, 2013 7:58 PM

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Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

Eleven chemicals commonly used in the fracking process are endocrine disruptors, and surface and ground water near drilling sites has greater hormone-disrupting properties than water near areas without drilling, according to a new report by researchers with the University of Missouri.

“The rapid rise in natural gas extraction utilizing hydraulic fracturing increases the potential for contamination of surface and ground water from chemicals used throughout the process,” researchers report. “Hundreds of products containing more than 750 chemicals and components are potentially used...

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