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Cornell study suggests fracking may kill farm animals, pets

By Bob Downing Published: March 18, 2012

Last week, New York's Cornell University reported that a new study has found dozens of cases of illness, death and reproductive issues in cows, horses, goats, llamas, chickens, dogs, cats, fish and other wildlife and humans.

It said those conditions could be the result of exposure to gas-drilling operations.

The authors of the study interviewed animal owners in Ohio and five other states and cited 24 cases where animals were potentially affected by gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing or fracking.

Making a direct link between fracking and illness is not possible due to incomplete testing, proprietary secrecy on some chemicals used in fracking and non-disclosure agreements that seal testimony and evidence when lawsuits are settled.

"We have a number of case studies -- they don't tell us about the prevalence of problems associated with hydraulic fracturing, but they do tell us things can happen," said Robert Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell U's College of Veterinary Medicine.

He was one of the two authors, along with veterinarian Michelle Bamberger.

You can read more about the study here.

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