Dirty Water Destroys People – Part 1 of 3
Dirty Water Destroys People. Groundwater and face water samples taken near fracking operations in Colorado contained chemicals that can disrupt male and female hormones, researchers say. These chemicals, which are employed in the fracking process, also were present in samples taken from the Colorado River, which serves as the drainage basin for the region, according to the study, which was published online Dec 16, 2013 in the roll Endocrinology. “More than 700 chemicals are used in the fracking process, and many of them disturb hormone function,” study co-author Susan Nagel, an assistant professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, said in a register news release.
And “With fracking on the rise, populations may face greater health risks from increased endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure”. Exposure to these chemicals can burgeon cancer risk and hamper reproduction by decreasing female fertility and the quality and quantity of sperm, the researchers said. Hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, is a controversial process that involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into underground at high pressure.
The purpose is to crack open hydrocarbon-rich shale and extract natural gas. Previous studies have raised concerns that such drilling techniques could persuade to contamination of drinking water. The oil and gas industries strongly disputed this new study, noting that the researchers took their samples from fracking sites where unwitting spills had occurred. Steve Everley, a spokesman for industry group Energy in Depth, also disputed claims in the research that fracking is exempt from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.