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Expert has concerns over fracking future

Sandy Lane, Farthinghoe in one corner of the Banburyshire/Aylesbury Vale area designated for 'fracking' NNL-140513-181453005

Sandy Lane, Farthinghoe in one corner of the Banburyshire/Aylesbury Vale area designated for 'fracking' NNL-140513-181453005

A Banbury environmental expert has called for a draft report into fracking by Public Health England (PHE) to be immediately withdrawn.

A Banbury environmental expert has called for a draft report into fracking by Public Health England (PHE) to be immediately withdrawn.

Paul Mobbs, one of the UK’s top consultants on ‘extreme’ gas extraction methods, says too much new information has been left out of the report to make it credible or reliable.

He says information about health risks appears to have been arbitrarily rejected and the considerable risks of fracking and other gas recovery methods have not been properly assessed.

“If, as it currently stands, it is not withdrawn, then in my view the public have a right to take action against PHE and the Secretary of State for Health on whose behalf PHE takes decisions on public health matters,” said Mr Mobbs.

The October 31, 2013 report claims to review the potential public health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of fracking. But Mr Mobbs found there was no public consultation which he believes breaches European legal obligations. He objects to an imposed deadline of December 2012 for evidence on the subject, despite both 2013 and the first months of 2014 having each produced erudite papers whose learned information has been excluded.

He added: “This has been done with out transparent discussions of the reasons they were rejected. It suggests a bias against evidence, suggesting the existence of health impacts from unconventional gas.”

In his critical review Mr Mobbs notes the dangers of ‘dangerously’ shallow drilling and of more extreme coal gas extraction methods planned in the UK.

He cites fears for severe pollution and underestimation on the effects on human health.

See fraw.org.uk/mei/archive/phe_shale_gas_and_health_report-critical_analysis.pdf

 

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