The results of this paper have been confirmed in a more extensive, peer-reviewed study: Proximity to fracking more than doubles odds of low birth weight babies.
A Cornell doctoral student has displayed extraordinary courage by taking a huge risk to speak out early about her research findings. She released her findings prior to the long process of peer review because fracking is occurring at such a break-neck speed.
“My study is robust across multiple specifications and it indicates that our future generation may be seriously harmed. I couldn’’t possibly value my career over their well-being,” Hill said by email on Thursday.
Link Between Low Birth Weight and Fracking, Says New Research
by Kristen Meriwether, July 19, 2012, Epoch Times
“A mother’s exposure to fracking before birth increases the overall prevalence of low birth weight by 25 percent,” said Elaine L. Hill, Cornell University doctoral candidate and author of the working paper, “Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Infant Health: Evidence from Pennsylvania.” Hill also found a 17 percent increase in “small for gestational age” births, and reduced health scores.
The study focused on pregnant mothers living within 1.5 miles of fracking. I don’t know any area that has a 1.5 mile setback.