The results of a new study have created more controversy over the oil and gas drilling method known as fracking. The new study conducted by Harvard scientists reveals that radiation levels downwind of hydraulic fracturing drilling (fracking) sites tend to be significantly higher than other surrounding areas, posing a potential health risk to nearby residents.
The study examined thousands of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation monitor readings nationwide from 2011 to 2017. Areas within 12 miles downwind of 100 U.S. fracking wells tend to have radiation levels that are about 7% above normal background levels. The study showed readings can go much higher in areas closer to drill sites, or in areas with higher concentrations of drill sites.Radiation Risks near Fracking Sites: New Study – Chemical Free Life