Fracking is bad for your baby’s heart.

Like we need more evidence that hydrocarbons and chemicals associated with hydrocarbon production are harmful to humans. Any idiot knows that.

Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado

heartchildSome of the findings:

  • Births to mothers with greater than 125 wells/mile had a 30% greater prevalence of congenital heart defects (CHD) than births to mothers with no wells within a 10-mile radius of their residence.
  • Births with greater than 125 well/mile were 2.0 times more likely to have a neural tube defect (NTD) than those with no wells within a 10-mile radius.
  • Air pollutants emitted from diesel engines used extensively in natural gas development also may be associated with CHDs and/or NTDs.

This study suggests a positive association between greater density and proximity of natural gas wells within a 10-mile radius of maternal residence and greater prevalence of CHDs and possibly NTDs.

So right now I’m really angry at EagleRidge and the City of Denton for exposing pregnant mothers to natural gas development only a couple of hundred feet from their homes.

A Canadian also study linked toxins to heart defects.


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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. Kim Feil says

    Nonscientist Ed Ireland posted on his BSEEC site and all that is available is the abstract that reads as “Objective: Evaluate whether childhood cancer incidence is associated with counties with hydraulic fracturing (HF).

    Methods: We compared cancer incidence in children in Pennsylvania counties before and after HF drilling began, using standardized incidence ratios (SIRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs).

    Results: The total number of cancers observed was close to expected both before drilling began (SIR = 0.94; 95% CI, 0.90 to 0.99) and after drilling (SIR = 1.02; 95% CI, 0.98 to 1.07) for counties with oil and natural gas wells. Analyses for childhood leukemia were also unremarkable (SIR for leukemia before drilling = 0.97 [95% CI, 0.88 to 1.06]; SIR for leukemia after drilling = 1.01 [95% CI, 0.92 to 1.11]). A slightly elevated SIR was found for central nervous system tumors after drilling (SIR = 1.13; 95% CI, 1.02 to 1.25). This was because of a slight excess in those counties with the fewest number of wells.

    Conclusions: This study offers comfort concerning health effects of HF on childhood cancers.”…………END so if anybody wants to purchase this article and send me a copy??

    • says

      I read that study. The dates they used were BEFORE horizontal hydraulic fracturing even started in the Marcellus. It’s ridiculous.