Study: Low Birth Weights Linked To Fracking Sites

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SCOTT DETROW / STATEIMPACT PA

A natural gas well pad in central Pennsylvania, with a home in the foreground. A new study shows infants born to mothers living within a half mile of active fracking sites have a higher risk of low birth weights compared to those living further away.

Infants born to mothers who live very close to natural gas fracking sites have a higher risk of low birth weight, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. 

The study is the largest of its kind, and was conducted by researchers from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and Princeton University. It builds on previous research that also found health impacts to infants born near gas wells in Pennsylvania.

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