A new medical study contains troubling news for pregnant women in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.
The study, conducted by the Universite de Montreal and set to release in January, found exposure to a volatile carcinogenic compound at a rate of up to 5 times the national average.
A total of thirty pregnant women, fifteen from each town, were recruited to partake in the study which saw them deliver bio-samples for testing for five consecutive days.
The samples were then tested for exposure to the chemicals benzene and toluene, both of which are byproducts of local fracking operations.
The results found that the women’s trans, trans-muconic acid or tt-MA levels were much higher than the national rate, and some even exceeded the biological exposure index of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Dawson Creek women saw levels in excess of 3.4 times the national average, while those in Chetwynd were at more than 5 times the country’s rate.