Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Environment & Energy

New Study Shows Gas Workers Could Be Exposed to Dangerous Levels of Benzene

A new study out this month reveals unconventional oil and natural gas workers could be exposed to dangerous levels of benzene, putting them at a higher risk for blood cancers like leukemia.

Benzene is a known carcinogen that is present in fracking flowback water. It’s also found in gasoline, cigarette smoke and in chemical manufacturing. As a known carcinogen, benzene exposures in the workplace are limited by federal regulations under OSHA. But some oil and gas production activities are exempt from those standards.

Read more of this report at the website of our partner StateImpact Pennsylvania.