Researchers at Maryland's Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a new study in the premier public health journal Epidemiology linking premature births and proximity to drilling and fracking operations during pregnancy. The analysis included more than 9,000 pregnancies in the heavily fracked state of Pennsylvania. The study found that preterm births were 40 percent higher among women living in areas with intense drilling and fracking operations compared to women who did not live near drilling and fracking. Women living in heavy drilling areas during pregnancy were also more likely to have high-risk pregnancies, as reported by their healthcare provider. Read more here.