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Fracking and health.

McCoy, David and SAUNDERS, Patrick (2018) Fracking and health. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 361. k2397. ISSN 1756-1833

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The scale of harm to health is uncertain, but the danger of exacerbating climate change is not

In October 2017, the Scottish parliament voted in favour of its government’s decision1 to extend a moratorium on shale gas production, often colloquially referred to as “fracking,” that had been placed in 2015. This followed an extensive public consultation and the government commissioning six reports on unconventional oil and gas extraction that covered economic effects; decommissioning, site restoration, and aftercare of industrial sites; climate change; seismic activity; health effects; and community level effects from transportation.2

Despite this thorough process, the petrochemical multinational INEOS took the Scottish government to court on the grounds that the effective ban on shale gas production is “unlawful” and that ministers have misused their power and made “very serious errors.” INEOS has also applied for financial compensation.3 Meanwhile, central government argues that shale gas will enhance the UK’s energy security, create jobs, and boost the economy and that “world class regulation” will keep communities and the environment safe.4

Arguments continue between those who advocate the benefits of shale gas and those who claim it is harmful and unnecessary. But who is right?

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Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Midwifery and Allied Health Professions
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Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 08:23
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 08:23
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4550

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