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Yale study finds link between STIs and fracking

Increased rates of sexually transmitted infections in Texas are associated with high levels of shale drilling activity, according to findings in a recent Yale study.  In early January, researchers at the School of Public Health published a study on the reported rates of STIs and the number of active shale wells in Texas, North Dakota and Colorado. Investigators found increased rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea in Texas counties during years of high drilling activity. Still, the study shows no statistically significant relationship between the prevalence of STIs and drilling in North Dakota or Colorado. This was the first multi-state, multi-region analysis of shale drilling activity and STI rates in the United States.  Read more....



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