Fracking Linked to Premature Births, Especially Among Hispanic Parents

Expectant mothers in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas are 50% more likely to have a preterm birth if they live within 3 miles of a fracking site with active flaring, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Active flaring is the process of burning off natural gas.

Parents in the study who identified as Hispanic were exposed to more flaring and were more likely than white parents to experience an increased risk of premature birth.

More stringent regulation on flaring or investing in more renewable energy could help protect the health of infants.