By David Gutierrez – Natural News
(NaturalNews) For years, scientists and residents of areas where fracking is performed have raised concerns that the controversial mining practice could be causing cancer. Now a direct link has been demonstrated for the first time, in a collaborative study by numerous respected U.S. and Chinese institutions, and published in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.
Fracking, formally known as “hydraulic fracturing,” is a technique for extracting petrochemicals from tough shale deposits that are inaccessible to conventional drilling techniques. A combination of new technologies and diminishing supplies of easier-to-mine oil and gas has led to a boom in the formerly unprofitable technique, particularly in North America.