Hold Companies Accountable for Fracking Chemicals Causing Breast Cancer

Target: Robin Ikeda, Director of the Office of Noncommunicable Disease, Injury and Environmental Health, CDC

Goal: Support research on fracking chemical mixes and diseases, urging companies to fully disclose chemical information and reducing public health hazards.

Research has shown that fracking chemical mixes cause abnormal breast tissue lesions—a precursor to breast cancer—in female mice. It is widely known that chemicals involved in fracking are strongly correlated to various illnesses and diseases due to exposure through water and air pollution. In this new research, it was found that even with the lowest doses of chemicals, mammary gland lesions were present. These results are alarming because research findings on mice are often extrapolated to humans, particularly in drug testing.

Researcher Lauren Vandenberg asserts that we should exercise the same caution we have for testing drugs on mice with testing fracking chemicals on mice. If a drug were to cause cancer and abnormal growth in mice, we wouldn’t use it. Why should we treat these chemicals differently? These findings are not to be taken lightly, as they are based on a review of 45 studies in 2016. The chemicals in the mixture, which includes oil and gas chemicals, are known to disrupt female hormone systems. This means that human reproduction is negatively affected by being exposed to fracking. 

For years, scientists have warned us against the effects of fracking chemicals. However, legislation does not give the federal government power to force companies to disclose fracking chemical mixtures, due to industry trade protections. These laws are clearly undermining public health and prioritizing industry interests over citizens’ rights. Sign the petition below to urge the CDC to support the findings in fracking chemicals research, in the hopes of forcing companies to disclose their chemical mixtures.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ikeda,

Fracking is a harmful activity that destroys the environment and poses a deadly hazard to the public. A review of 45 studies on the effects of fracking on public health concluded that fracking chemicals disrupt hormones and wreak havoc on the female reproductive system. Female mice exposed to various known fracking chemicals displayed abnormal growth in the mammary glands, which points to breast cancer. Even with the lowest doses of these chemicals, researchers observed abnormal growth.

If researchers had been testing a new drug and found that it caused cancer in female mice, that new drug would not be distributed to the public. It would be a crime. It is a shame that we do not treat fracking chemicals in the same cautious way. The evidence against fracking chemicals is plenty and definitive, but laws prohibit the federal government from forcing companies to disclose fracking chemical mixtures. Under industry protection, they have a right to keep their formulas secret. This should not be the case when public health is at stake. I hope you do not wait until women are afflicted with breast cancer and communities are suffering from health problems before speaking out.

I urge you to support the research on fracking’s effects on human health, and I urge you to demand the federal government require companies to disclose their fracking chemical mixtures. You have a responsibility to protect the public, and I hope you keep our interests in mind.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. gen agustsson says:

    stop fracking! just ban fracking permanently worldwide!

  2. Lisa Allred says:

    Signed & shared

  3. Anyone promoting fracking gives a damn about people or future of mankind. May God have no Mercy on them!

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