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New Report Shows No Link Between Fracking and Health Problems

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A scientific review of more than two dozen studies aimed at linking oil and natural gas development to poor health found no direct association between fracking and illnesses, dealing another blow to activists trying to link the two together.

The new report by the Health Effects Institute’s (HEI) Energy Research Committee examined 25 studies published from 2000 to 2018 that sought to establish an association with cases of cancer and poor perinatal, respiratory, and cardiovascular outcomes and other issues with unconventional oil and natural gas development (UOGD).

The groups’ energy committee – made up of experts from a half dozen universities – found that “data and study limitations prevented the committee from determining whether exposures originating directly from UOGD contributed to the assessed health outcomes, either within individual studies or across the body of literature.”

Furthermore, their report stated in concluding statements in each area of research that limitations in the reviewed studies made it impossible to determine whether a certain health outcome was “originating directly from UOGD did or did not contribute to” that particular health outcome.

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Matt Chester on Sep 18, 2019 1:30 pm GMT

Based on this:

data and study limitations prevented the committee from determining whether exposures originating directly from UOGD contributed to the assessed health outcomes, either within individual studies or across the body of literature

It sounds like the review didn't say there was definitively no link between fracking and health issues, but rather that the limited available data is unable to be conclusive as it stands. Those are very different ideas in science, or am I misunderstanding the conclusion?

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