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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New research: fracking chemical spills can disrupt human hormones

This story from NationalJournal reports on new research published in the journal Endocrinology that finds that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing "can disrupt the body's hormones, namely reproductive hormones. Such chemicals seep into drinking water at natural-gas drilling sites during spills or accidents, and can interfere with endocrine functions when they enter the body".

This risk can be avoided or minimized by replacing these chemicals with with benign chemicals and waterless fracking technologies.

What will be the regulatory response?  When will the business case for pursuing these twin solutions reach the tipping point to bring them into standard use?

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