Yale University Study: Fracking Sites and Childhood Cancer

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A new study has shown that children living close to fracking sites are twice to three times as likely to develop leukemia in their childhoods than those who live far from them. Yale University StudyIt was found.

“Our results indicate that exposure to UOG (unconventional oil and gas) may be an important risk factor for ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia), particularly for children exposed in utero,”Cassandra Clark of Yale Cancer Center stated this in a statement.

Researchers from Yale School of Public Health have found that 405 of the 2500 children who lived within two kilometers (1.24 miles) of a Pennsylvania Fracking Site were diagnosed with acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This was the most common form of childhood Cancer.

Nicole Deziel, the author of the study, and an associate professor in epidemiology, stated that fracking is a viable option. “both use and release chemicals that have been linked to cancer, so the potential for children living near [a fracking site] to be exposed to these chemical carcinogens is a major public health concern.”

The study focused specifically on drinking water as a source of exposure, and found that existing setback distances – the minimum required distance between a home and a fracking well – were insufficient in protecting children’s health. According to the study, Pennsylvania has a current setback distance of only 500 feet.

Hydraulic fracturing is also known as fracking. It is the method by which oil and gas are extracted from deep underground. This involves blasting sedimentary rock formations using water and chemicals to crack them and release the gas and oils to surface. 

The wastewater is then stored in a water well. Natural Resources Defense CouncilA non-profit environmental advocacy group,, previously stated that the water could contaminate drinking waters. 

Pennsylvania was home to more than 10.000 fracking wells between 2002-2017. The Guardian reported.