“Hydraulic fracturing and infant health: New evidence from Pennsylvania” – Science Advances 12/13/17

A peer-reviewed study which links lower birth weights to living within 2 miles of hydraulic fracturing sites has just been published and is capturing mainstream media attention.

“Hydraulic fracturing and infant health: New evidence from Pennsylvania”
Science Advances 13 Dec 2017: Vol. 3, no. 12 http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/12/e1603021

Here is the full text of the study.


Coverage in The Wall Street Journal

“Study Links Lower Birth Weights to Living Near Fracking Sites”  By Russell Gold The Wall Street Journal 12/13/17

“The findings, published in the journal Science Advances, are part of an emerging body of research suggesting that the industrialization of areas due to oil and gas exploration is having negative health impacts on neighboring residents. Similar studies have linked living near freeway toll plazas and industrial plants with lower birth weights.”

“Researchers at the University of Chicago, Princeton University and the University of California, Los Angeles, examined more than 1.1 million births in Pennsylvania between 2004 and 2013…”



The Denver Post includes coverage from The Washington Post  “Fracking sites raise the risk of low-birth-weight babies, new study says” By Darryl Fears 12/13/17

In the study, it states that:
– Women who lived within a half mile of “fracking operations in Pennsylvania were 25 percent more likely to give birth to low-weight infants than expecting mothers who lived more than two miles beyond the sites.”
-it “also found lower birth weights, although not as low, in infants whose mothers lived between a half mile and 2 miles from a fracking site. Beyond 2 miles, there was no indication of any health impact to newborns, a significant drop off, the study said.”
– “about 30,000 births are within a half mile of a fracking site and 100,000 births are within two miles.”