Study: Low birth weights linked to fracking sites

December 14, 2017

NPR StateImpact: Joan Casey, a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Public Health who has researched the impact of fracking on infant health, weighed in on research from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and Princeton University that finds infants born to mothers who live very close to natural gas fracking sites have a higher risk of low birth weight.

Casey told State Impact, a reporting project from NPR, that she “was surprised by the large effects that they found,” but the study still leaves a gap in the knowledge of what exactly is causing the low birth weights.

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