31 Mar '15, 11am

Health professionals call: ban fracking for five years

Health professionals call: ban fracking for five years

Firstly, we have incomplete knowledge, caused by a lack of information about fracking operations in the US and elsewhere which has hampered attempts to conduct evidence-based public health studies; Secondly, fracking is a relatively new activity and, as acknowledge by The Council of Canadian Academies, evidence about the longer term cumulative impacts of fracking are generally not yet available and difficult to predict reliably; and Thirdly, human exposure to the risks and hazards associated with 'fracking' will vary from site to site, depending on a host of geological, social, demographic, agricultural and economic factors - meaning that health impacts will be unevenly and often unfairly distributed between and within local communities.

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentato...

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