Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

People living near “unconventional gas and oil drilling” operations were more likely to be hospitalized for heart, nervous system, and other medical conditions than those who were not in proximity to those sites, a new study published Wednesday has found.

It’s the latest—and most comprehensive—indication that hydraulic fracturing, the controversial shale gas drilling method also known as fracking, and all the “noise, the trucks, the drilling, the flaring, the anxiety” it brings may have impact on residents in nearby areas, the study, titled Unconventional Gas and Oil Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates, found—and the consequences hit more than their health.

The impacts of fracking “all can impart an aberrant stress response on the body that could make people more susceptible,” to health problems, and with “an inpatient stay costing on average [$30,000], this poses a significant economic health burden to the [commonwealth],” states the study, conducted by researchers with the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.

via Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital? | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

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