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Hydraulic fracturing may increase air pollution health risks

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", an oil and gas drilling method under recent debate, may contribute to acute and chronic health problems in people living within half a mile of operations due to air pollution, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Denver School Of Public Health.

The study was based on three years of monitoring and indicated that oil and gas retrieval can release harmful chemicals into the air. Researchers also indicated a number of "potentially toxic petroleum hydrocarbons in the air near the wells including benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene," were found, reports the Centre Daily.

Benzene is a known carcinogen and is colorless, has a sweet odor and is highly flammable. Those that inhale the chemical can experience drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, tremors, confusion, unconsciousness and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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