Sumary of Study finds link between residential proximity to oil and gas drilling and lower birthweights in infants:
- The study, published today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that the type of drilling or resource being extracted did not change the result.
- We find it doesn’t matter — where people are extracting oil and gas resources, we’re still seeing an impact on infant health.
- The industrial boom of a new drilling site, particularly in rural areas, can bring new jobs, higher wages and better access to quality health care alongside the increased environmental pollution.
- With this study, Willis said the team hoped to give policymakers a standard safe distance for drilling, but they found the health impact doesn’t totally dissipate at 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles).