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Reasons to be Fearful… 1,2,3+ by Tina Rothery


Reasons to be Fearful… 1,2,3+ by Tina Rothery

Like so many in this movement, my sister Julie and I have waded through huge amounts of research over the years …lots of late night sharing and morning cuppa chats that tear pieces out of the subject till they make some sense. I thought I’d pause and gather some of the info I keep in mind for public meetings, into one blog that links to the research for each bit – no blog on fracking can be complete but I hope it might be useful to those coming to the subject fresh.

I won’t put it all here as the links are numerous – but this is a bit and the link to the full piece is at the end:

[… an overview of the peer-reviewed scientific literature from 2009–2015 as it relates to the potential impacts on public health, water quality, and air quality.. results indicate that at least 685 papers have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals that are relevant to assessing the impacts:

-84% of public health studies contain findings that indicate public health hazards, elevated risks, or adverse health outcomes
-69% of water quality studies contain findings that indicate potential, positive association, or actual incidence of water contamination
-87% of air quality studies contain findings that indicate elevated air pollutant emissions and/or atmospheric concentrations.

This paper demonstrates that the weight of the findings in the scientific literature indicates hazards and elevated risks to human health as well as possible adverse health outcomes…]

Of course the industry insists that the risks would not be a problem if operators abide by the UK’s ‘Gold Standard Regulations’. Putting aside any jaded views of UK regulators, accidents can and do happen in an industry of this size and complexity. Road traffic accidents alone are a primary concern when you consider that 685-1050 vehicle movements required for each well (see Table 1 here of ‘Investigating the traffic-related environmental impacts of hydraulic-fracturing operations’ and each single pad will have multiple wells – thus vast amounts of additional traffic.

Talking about wells…

From one of the key regulators, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE):
[The main hazard from shale gas operations is the uncontrolled release of hydrocarbon gas due to a failure of the well structure, which may then reach a source of ignition leading to a fire or explosion.]

The FULL post on my blog:


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