Fracking health risks are ‘caused by regulatory failure’

Fracking for shale gas should pose only low risks to public health

Fracking for shale gas should pose only low risks to public health as long as operations are run responsibly and are well regulated, according to a review for Public Health England (PHE).1

Even so, it says that health risks should be considered early in the planning process, perhaps through health impact assessments, though these can take months or even years.

PHE recommends that baseline environmental monitoring is needed as well as ongoing monitoring near fracking sites “through the lifetime of development, production and post-production”.

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