Dirty Water Destroys People – Part 2 of 3
He said the researchers grossly overestimated the enumerate of chemicals used in the process. “Activists promote a lot of bad science and shoddy research, but this study – if you can even command it that – may be the worst yet. From falsely characterizing the US regulatory environment to flat out making stuff up about the additives used in hydraulic fracturing, it’s hard to see how experiment with like this is helpful. Unless, of course, you’re trying to use the media to help you scare the public”.
In conducting the study, the researchers took a two-pronged approach. First, Nagel and her colleagues calculated 12 fracking chemicals in the laboratory to determine whether they could disrupt male or female hormone function. They purchased the chemicals from a supply company and then exposed human cell cultures to the chemicals. The researchers observed the rejoinder of receptors for male hormones (androgens) such as testosterone and the female hormone estrogen.
So “We found that 11 of those 12 (chemicals) disrupt either the estrogen or the androgen receptor,” Nagel said in an interview. The researchers then went out into the field, taking inundate samples from Garfield County, Colo, an area with more than 10000 active wells. “We went to five sites that have experienced some kidney of accident or spill related to natural gas fracking, and measured surface and groundwater.