For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Hart, [email protected]
A new study analyzing data from over 1.1 million births across Pennsylvania between 2004 to 2013 found that pregnant women who lived within two-thirds of a mile of a fracking well were 25% more likely to give birth to a baby with a significantly lower birth weight, a condition linked to other health problems later in life.
In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter released the following statement:
“This study adds to the existing scientific literature that tells us there are serious public health consequences linked to fracking. Political leaders who wish to protect the health and safety of residents must make a commitment to end fracking immediately. Unfortunately, Governor Wolf wants to take Pennsylvania in the opposite direction, by encouraging new drilling and expanding fossil fuel operations. We call on him to heed the science and protect the health of the residents of Pennsylvania by banning fracking.”