Study: Science lacking on safety of fracking boom

ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

A new study says California has yet to get a handle on any potential health impacts of the oilfield fracking boom.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new study says California has yet to get a handle on any potential health impacts of the oilfield fracking boom.

The study was released Thursday by the California Council on Science and Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. California lawmakers mandated the study as part of an effort to increase oversight of fracking and other intensive production in California, which is the country's third-biggest producer of oil and gas.

The study notes that fracking accounted for one-fifth of all of California's oil-and-gas production in the last decade. But scientists say no one knows whether more than 50 percent of the chemicals used in fracking are fully safe for humans and the environment.

The state-commissioned report says California public health science is playing "catch-up" with the fracking boom.

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