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Fracking Linked to Increased Hospitalizations

Brian Hendricks1 year ago

According to Reuters, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University have found that people who live close to fracking projects are at an increased risk for hospitalization.

About the Study on the Health Effects of Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a process designed to retrieve oil and gas from underground sources. Water, chemicals, and sand are used to break underground rock formations that contain oil and gas.

The researchers conducted a study from 2007 to 2011 in the state of Pennsylvania. The study revealed that people who live in fracking areas were more likely to go to the hospital. Residents in these areas were more likely to report heart problems, neurological illnesses, skin conditions, and cancer.

These health concerns may be connected to the toxicants, noise, and social stressors that accompany the fracking projects, according to researchers. However, they also pointed out that this study does not show a direct cause and effect between fracking and health problems.

National Gasoline Usage Statistics

The following information has been provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

  • Nearly 137 billion gallons of gas were consumed in 2014
  • About 375 gallons were consumed daily in 2014
  • In 2007, gasoline usage reached a record high of about 142 billion gallons
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