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An Unexpected Side Effect of Fracking: Chlamydia

To the consternation of fracking fans everywhere, researchers at the Yale School of Public Health this weekend confirmed a correlation reported two years earlier between intense fracking activity and a local increase in certain sexually transmitted diseases. The first study had been in Ohio; the new one was in Texas.  Other side effects of fracking include earthquakes, methane emissions, groundwater contamination, sundry pollution, hydrocarbon spills and health risks, but the risks to health usually cited are silicosis and congenital heart defects, not STDs. Yet here we are.

 

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