8 Oct 2013
Drilling for oil and gas releases chemicals into the air, chemicals that in low concentrations (parts per trillion) can affect how babies develop in the womb. Many of these chemicals are not monitored or measured despite the fact that they may also cause cancer, neurological, or immunological problems.
Dr. Theo Colborn, president of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, looks at the health consequences of drilling for fossil fuels. Nobody is measuring all the chemicals that are being released, she contends. At best, based on its probability of causing cancer, the chemical benzene is being monitored and standards are being set it for it. But other chemicals, such as toluene, released in higher concentrations and which affects the development of the brain, are not being monitored.
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