Researchers claim increase in infant deaths due to oil drilling in Utah basin — Society’s Child —

To complicate things, there was a large explosion at a business that handles fracking equipment last year that scattered debris over a half-mile area.Nagel said that she takes the possible connection to infant mortality so seriously that she has begun studying the effects of fracking chemicals on pregnant mice.”Mechanistically, from what we know about endocrine-disrupting chemicals, it is highly plausible” that the chemicals could cause fetal problems, she observed.But high wages provided by the oil industry in the area – $3,963 per month for non-farm workers on average – mean that there is little desire to place the blame on drilling.”People like to blame stuff on that all the time, but I don’t feel like it has anything to do with oil and gas. I just feel like it’s a trial I was given,” Heather Jensen, who had infant sons die in 2011 and 2013, argued.Ben and Caren Moon recently gave birth after previously losing a pre-term baby. They don’t buy the idea that drilling is increasing the infant mortality rate.”Oil-field drilling has been here forever,” Ben Moon remarked. “I don’t believe it all had anything to do with that.”

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