In addition to concerns with noise and air quality, a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found a link between the proximity of pregnant women to industrial fracking sites and subsequent problems, such as premature delivery or a high-risk pregnancy. Fracking is a method of oil production used to extract oil and natural gas from shale under the earth’s surface. The study found that women who live close to fracking sites have a higher chance of delivering children with complications such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy, hearing and vision impairments, developmental delay and long-term neurological disabilities. The study also found that women who live in areas where fracking is occurring have a 40% higher chance of delivering prior to 37 weeks and have a 30% higher chance of having a high-risk pregnancy.
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