New Toxicology Study Findings Reported from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (The Role of Toxicological Science in Meeting the...

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New Toxicology Study Findings Reported from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (The Role of Toxicological Science in Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of Hydraulic Fracturing) By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Life Science Research. According to news originating from Williamstown, Kentucky, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "We briefly describe how toxicology can inform the discussion and debate of the merits of hydraulic fracturing by providing information on the potential toxicity of the chemical and physical agents associated with this process, individually and in combination. We consider upstream activities related to bringing chemical and physical agents to the site, on-site activities including drilling of wells and containment of agents injected into or produced from the well, and downstream activities including the flow/removal of hydrocarbon products and of produced water from the site." Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, "A broad variety of chemical and physical agents are involved. As the industry expands this has raised concern about the potential for toxicological effects on ecosystems, workers, and the general public. Response to these concerns requires a concerted and collaborative toxicological assessment. This assessment should take into account the different geology in areas newly subjected to hydraulic fracturing as well as evolving industrial practices that can alter the chemical and physical agents of toxicological interest. The potential for ecosystem or human exposure to mixtures of these agents presents a particular toxicological and public health challenge. These data are essential for developing a reliable assessment of the potential risks to the environment and to human health of the rapidly increasing use of hydraulic fracturing and deep underground horizontal drilling techniques for tightly bound shale gas and other fossil fuels." According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Input from toxicologists will be most effective when employed early in the process, before there are unwanted consequences to the environment and human health, or economic losses due to the need to abandon or rework costly initiatives." For more information on this research see: The Role of Toxicological Science in Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of Hydraulic Fracturing. Toxicological Sciences, 2014;139(2):271-283. Toxicological Sciences can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press - www.oup.com/; Toxicological Sciences - toxsci.oxfordjournals.org) The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from B.D. Goldstein, Natl Inst Occupat Safety & Hlth Appl Res & Techno, Center Dis Control & Prevent, Williamstown, KY 41097, United States. Additional authors for this research include B.W. Brooks, S.D. Cohen, A.E. Gates, M.E. Honeycutt, J.B. Morris, J. Orme-Zavaleta, T.M. Penning and J. Snawder (see also Life Science Research). Keywords for this news article include: Kentucky, Williamstown, United States, Life Science Research, North and Central America Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC

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