One of every 7 fracking chemicals are known or suspected endocrine disruptors. Keep fracking waste out of Connecticut

Dec 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Story

A new study by Nagel et al. in Endocrinology describes the endocrine-disrupting abilities of a dozen commonly used fracking chemicals and also reports estrogen- and androgen-disrupting activity in water samples collected near fracking sites in Colorado.

A statement from the Concerned Health Professionals of New York statement says that “of the 700-plus chemicals that can be used in fracking — 100 are known or suspected to be endocrine disrupters.”

The samples taken include some samples taken from the Colorado River whose watershed is intensely drilled and which provides water to 30
million people.

Of the 700-plus chemicals that can be used in drilling and fracking operations, more than 100 are known or suspected endocrine disruptors. Unique among toxic agents, endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interfere with hormonal signals, are biologically active at exceedingly low concentrations, and, when exposures occur in early life, can alter pathways of development.

In a two-part study published on Dec. 16 in the journal Endocrinology, a team of researchers led by Susan Nagel at the University of Missouri reported a variety of potent endocrine-disrupting properties in twelve chemicals commonly used in drilling and fracking operations. The team also documented potent endocrine-disrupting activity in ground and surface water supplies collected from heavily drilled areas in Garfield County, Colorado where fracking chemicals are known to have spilled. The levels of chemicals in these samples were sufficient to interfere with the response of human cells to male sex hormones, as well as estrogen. Five samples taken from the Colorado River itself showed estrogenic activity. The catchment basin for this drilling-dense area, the Colorado provides water to 30 million people.

These results, which are based on validated cell cultures, demonstrate that public health concerns about fracking are well-founded and extend to our hormone systems. The stakes could not be higher. Exposure to EDCs has been variously linked to breast cancer, infertility, birth defects, and learning disabilities. Scientists have identified no safe threshold of exposure for EDCs, especially for pregnant women, infants, and children.

Fracking Site in Warren Center, PA (Fracking Lawyer, Ostroff Law)

Fracking Site in Warren Center, PA (Fracking Lawyer, Ostroff Law, via commons.wikimedia.org)

For more information on steps you can take to help keep fracking waste out of Connecticut, visit http://wastefreect.org, and Environment Connecticut.

For more on this story, visit: Concerned Health Professionals of NY » Statement by Concerned Health Professionals of New York in Response to a New Study on Hormone-disrupting Contaminants in Water Near Colorado Drilling Sites*.

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