“There is no regulatory framework for fracking that will keep the toxins out of air and water, or will protect the climate from carbon and methane releases. It can’t be done. It can’t be made safe. Like lead paint, we finally have to ban it.”
It is increasingly being seen as America’s worst environmental disaster since BP’s Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010 and has led to thousands of people being evicted from their homes.
For a long time now the oil industry and its supporters have tried to claim that fracking is safe and often opposition is based on ignorance and not the facts.
Four months ago, the UK-based CHEM Trust issued a report and briefing paper on how toxic chemicals from fracking could affect wildlife and people.
One of the communities in the UK on the front-line of the fracking debate will have the chance to quiz their local Conservative MP, as well as representatives from various leading regulators, on the dangers posed by shale gas at a public meeting this evening.
Over the last few months on this blog, I have pointed out that barely a week goes by without new research raising serious health issues about fracking.
A new peer-reviewed scientific paper, published today in Reviews on Environmental Health, adds to the growing evidence of harm from fracking, especially to women and young children. But men also should be worried too.
The largest ever scientific study examining the overall health of people living near fracking wells in the US is being published today and once again it sends alarm bells ringing.
Later today, a scientific study which has examined the health impacts of the toxic tar sands on the health of Canada’s First Nations at Fort Chipewyan in Alberta, will be released.
Slowly the science is catching up with fracking. Nearly every month a new scientific paper is published warning of the serious ecological or health harm caused by the controversial process.