Is Fracking Linked To Birth Defects?

Dec 5, 2014

Chemical warning signs welcome visitors to fracking site in Gonzalez County.
Credit David Martin Davies

A new report released this week adds to the growing evidence that the chemicals associated with fracking and horizontal drilling could be a danger to reproductive health to animals and humans. The study was conducted by the Center for Environmental Health.  Susan C. Nagel is an author of the study “Developmental and reproductive effects of Chemical associated with unconventional oil and gas operations.” It was published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal “Reviews on Environmental Health” It show that chemicals from fracking are linked to serious reproductive and developmental health problems, including birth defects, infertility, miscarriage, impaired fetal growth, and others.