"While many of the chemicals used in the drilling and fracking process are proprietary, the list
includes benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, xylene, ethylene glycol, glutaraldehyde and other
biocides, hydrochloric acid, and hydrogen treated light petroleum distillates. These substances have a wide spectrum of potential toxic effects on humans ranging from cancer to adverse effects on the reproductive, neurological, and endocrine systems (ATSDR, Colborn T, et al, U.S. EPA 2009)."
Will we tolerate this exposure for our children? Or will we push back and say "no" to this insanity and stop this corporate invasion into our lives? Our children deserve protection. The only way to protect from this exposure is to stop it within our communities.
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) Network encourage families, pediatricians, and communities to work together to ensure that children are protected from exposure to environmental hazards. Children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards. They eat, drink, and breathe more than adults on a pound for pound basis. Research has also shown that children are not able to metabolize some toxicants as well as adults due to immature detoxification processes.
Here is a fact sheet for health care professionals on the dangers of exposing children to fracking and natural gas activity: