Fracking chemicals cause gender bending – latest hippy claim

What next in the Greens battle to make bird slaughtering windmills viable against cheap and abundant shale gas.

I would guess that eating organic veges is more gender bending and turns blokes into whinging girly men….Gareth Hughes and Russel Norman as evidence. When was the last time anyone saw a roughneck mincing around in a frock at the end of his shift handling this stuff ?

Just when you might have thought the debate over shale gas and oil could not possibly get more acrimonious, here’s something that is likely to raise the temperature even further. US scientists have announced this week that they have found “gender-bender” chemicals in water at fracking sites.

Their research – published in the latest issue of the journal Endocrinology – reports discovering endocrine disrupting substances that disrupt hormone systems in almost every sample of water they tested near shale gas wells. “I’m not an alarmist about this, but it is something the country should take seriously,” Prof Susan Nagel of the University of Missouri, one of the authors of the study, told the Los Angeles Times. “With fracking on the rise, populations may face greater health risks from increased endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure.” 

She – and colleagues from the University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health and the US Geological Survey – say that over 100 of the “more than 750 chemicals reportedly used” in fracking are “known or suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals” (EDCs) linked with respiratory, gastrointestinal, neurological, immunological and reproductive conditions. EDCs have also led to weird sex change effects in wildlife.

I imagine that like all other claims about fracking this one too will be proven to be nothing more than green taliban scare mongering.

They went looking for 12 of them from five sites where spills are known to have occurred in Colorado’s Garfield County, an intensively drilled area, and in several places along the Colorado River, “the drainage basin for the entire drilling region”. Oestrogenic substances were the most frequently found, occurring in 89 per cent of the samples. EDCs were also found in control samples taken from areas with no or little fracking, but at much lower levels, leading to the conclusion that “natural gas drilling operations may result in elevated EDC activity in ground and surface water.”

The scientists add: “There have been many reports of changes in surface, ground, and drinking water quality near natural gas drilling operations, particularly in drilling-dense regions, with some specifically linked to natural gas extraction.

“Multiple researchers have demonstrated that levels of stray gases and heavy metals in drinking water increased with proximity to natural gas wells, suggesting the possibility of underground migration of fluids associated with hydraulic fracturing.

“There is evidence that hydraulic fracturing fluids are associated with negative health outcomes and there is a critical need to quickly and thoroughly evaluate the overall human and environmental health impact of this process.”

Oh no…fracking will make my balls shrink! Frack off you stupid hippies…eating tofu and other hippy soy products is more likely to shrink your balls than anything fracking will do.

  • conwaycaptain

    In the US chicken is a very cheap meat and is full of additives and they have found endocrinal changing chemicals in them!!!

    • Chancey

      they are about to start importing chickens from china, god knows what will be in them

      • Cowgirl

        0% chicken

        • In Vino Veritas

          and 100% dissidents….

  • In Vino Veritas

    And vegetarian sausages are also known for their EDC’s.
    I think that the mistake that many make with Norman and Hughes is that they are girly men. I’ve always believed that they are masculine women (not too masculine mind you!).

    • blokeintakapuna

      haha – Auntie Brucetta had the biggest Adams apple you’d ever see…

      • ropteron

        Hmmm. I’ve got bigger tits that some women I know, maybe too much chicken.

    • Kopua Cowboy

      The entire Green Party looks like they were bought up on a diet of nothing but EDC’s.

  • Michael

    According to the Greens I’m dead. I must be, after eating all that meat, veges bought at the supermarket, car driving, flying, alcohol consumption…

    Probably if I countered it by smoking pot I’d be okay. But I’m didn’t.

  • DLNZ

    Raised levels of oestrogen (=oestrogenic substances) are found on most farm land because animals excrete it in their urine. Its also found at higher than normal levels downstream of sewerage treatment plants (because humans excrete it in their urine and its not broken down by the treatment process).

    So not really surprising that they found moderate levels in the Colorado Basin which is predominately used for farming. I would also assume that any farmland which was previously drilled would be rehabilitated by dumping a whole heap of manure and organic material on it… which might account for the higher levels also?

  • thor42

    Soy protein has been known to contain gender-bending chemicals for ages.

    • DLNZ

      Doesn’t stop the Greenies from sipping their soy lattes of course

  • LabTested

    Labour will now support Fracking

    • blokeintakapuna

      fix the Man-Ban with gender-bender cool-aid

    • Night Stick

      More MPs of the ‘weird variety’ will be welcomed by Labour.

    • Alfred12

      May even become compulsory on farmland. Guaranteed supply of future voters of the gay persuasion.

  • Other_Andy

    ““natural gas drilling operations MAY result in elevated EDC activity in ground and surface water.”
    That’s it…
    No further evidence needed.
    The science is settled.
    Precautionary principle.
    Shut up all of you deniers in pay of big oil and the Koch brothers.
    *Just in case

  • Andy

    Surely this would be seen as a good thing by the girlie greens?

  • Brendan

    With Global Warming somehow magically not happening since they started “correcting” historical data 17 years ago, I look forward to all sorts of new attempts by the Left to spent public money until they find one that sticks.

  • Lofty

    This type of , maybe, could be, possibly, drives me to distraction.
    It is only a matter of time before this nonsense sensationally hits the propaganda sheets here.
    The lies and deceit from the greens and their fair weather friends in the labour party more than border on treasonous conduct, as they actively seek to destroy jobs and the economy.
    The thousands of families in this country that rely on “oil” wages must absolutely hate these mongrels, for putting their present and future employment in jeopardy, through a campaign of mis-information and outright lies, which are not backed by credible science.
    I really do despair for the economic future of this wee country should the evil coalition come together, with the tail wagging the aged impotent dog.
    .

  • http://manymonkeys.co.nz/ Hamilton Lad

    Fairly typical ‘reasoning’ from the smelly hippies, though. Compare with current controversy around the monorail project. Forest & BIrd say 1700 trees will be lost, the Greens are using the figure of 20000.

  • timemagazine

    That is so hilarious. Is this their new scaremongering subject for the next ten years? I wish I would knew what guru Algore thinks of this? Maybe the green spies could enlighten the rest of us.

  • out2lunch

    This will cause an endless list of problems for labour’s man ban. Poor old Darien Fenton must have been imbibing the stuff for decades

  • Rodger T

    Maybe Monty Python need to change the lyrics,

    Spread The Words…

    I’m a Roughneck and I’m OK
    I sleep all night and I work all day
    (He’s a Roughneck and he’s OK
    He sleeps all night and he works all day)
    I put down drilling rigs, I eat my lunch
    I go to the lavat’ry
    On Wednesdays I go shopping
    And have buttered scones for tea
    (He puts down oil rigs…)
    (He’s a Roughneck…)
    I put down oil rigs, I skip and jump
    I love to press wild flow’rs
    I put on women’s clothing
    And hang around in bars
    (He puts down oil rigs…)
    (He’s a Roughneck…)
    I put down rigs, I wear high heels
    Suspenders and a bra
    I wish I’d been a girlie
    Just like my dear papa………………………………………

  • Rick H

    And opposed to my personal views – - -Don’t they tell us Fags are that way from birth? so how could any “external influence” now be touted as a possibility? I’ve always been of the opinion they are “tainted” by their surroundings / life events / etc.
    But NOT from “fracking” .

  • Ronnie Chow

    “Oh no…fracking will make my balls shrink! Frack off you stupid hippies”

    That’s a bit over the top . Pouring dioxin all over the land certainly affected our health . You can’t just whack every claim because it came from a Greenie.

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