Chemical and fluids used during fracking may cause cancer, Pro Publica reports. A host of medical professionals are calling for either an outright ban or “pause” to the practice of hydraulic fracturing until more studies are completed on the effect of chemicals used during the process, Food and Water Watch reports. Oil and gas industry representatives maintain that fracking is safe and point to local and regional testing of the water supply as proof.
Here are some facts about fracking reports and a suggested link to cancer:
* A total of 596 carcinogenic chemicals mix with millionsof gallons of fresh water during fracking, according to Psychopathic Economics. Most drilling corporations note that water comprises 99 percent of fracking mixtures. The known carcinogen, crystalline silica is also listed among the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. The compound is also found in construction sands, concrete, brick and mortar, Pro Publica reports.
* NewsInferno reports that two Ohio couples have embarked on a class action lawsuit to force a gas company to pay for medical bills for health issues which allegedly were caused by faulty well construction.
* George Washington University School of Medicine pediatrician Jerome Paulson and Weill Cornell Medical College endocrinologist Adam Law request a “fracking freeze until safety research on the possible harmful impact to human health can be completed,” according to interviews with the physicians published by Natural Society.
* Food and Water Watch reports that fracking is becoming an environmental and global threat, according to Common Dreams Building a Progressive Community website. The organization’s research indicates that “numerous” communities where fracking takes place have suffered “long-term” water damage.
* A Congressional report generated after four years of studying the fracking process and chemicals used during the process caused alarm for Energy and Commerce Committee member Diana DeGette. The House Representative felt the use of toxic chemicals like lead and benzene should not be injected into the ground without notifying the communities where drilling occurs of the possible health hazards, according to the Democrats Energy and Commerce website.
* Food and Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter feels fracking is a “dangerous American export” which other countries should review critically, according to Common Dreams. Hauter also contends that fracking has posed long-term and serious risks to health and the nation’s water supply.
* The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is creating the Underground Injection Control Class II permit to establish a set of regulations governing the use of diesel fuel during fracking, the Minot Daily News reports. The Activist Post maintains that diesel is a carcinogen known to induce severe skin damage and cancer.
* Formaldehyde is routinely used to make building products in addition to being an embalming fluid, Time Healthland reports. Inhalation of the fluid is “suspected” to cause cancer in humans and has been shown to increase cancer risks in lab animals. Long-term exposure to Formaldehyde may cause nervous system, female reproductive issues and disorders and lung damage, according to the Activist Post.