New study shows leaked fracking wastewater in West Virginia has fertility-threatening chemicals

Friday, April 8, 2016
By Paul Martin
8 Apr, 2016

Fracking is causing more disruptions than just earthquakes in West Virginia, according to a new study. The chemicals in leaked wastewater created from hydraulic fracturing is causing negative health effects there ‒ specifically when it comes to fertility.

Researchers at the University of Missouri announced on Wednesday that they had found high levels of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in surface water near a fracking wastewater disposal facility near Fayetteville, West Virginia.

“We found levels of these endocrine disrupting chemicals high enough to threaten health,” Susan C. Nagel, director of the study and an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Missouri, told Buzzfeed.

EDCs can interfere with hormones in animals and humans. They can also cause cancer, birth defects, and developmental disorders, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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