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6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Study Links Proximity to Natural Gas Development And Birth Defects

A well pad and produced water near homes in Garfield County.
Credit Ecoflight

A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health links natural gas development with certain birth defects. The report, Natural Gas Development and Birth Outcomes, found congenital heart defects were 30 percent more likely in infants born to mothers living close to natural gas development. These defects happen before birth, when the blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally. Lisa McKenzie is a Research Associate at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health.

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