We think it is important to take decisions about fracking based on facts of what has actually happened in the past, rather than speculation on what “might” or “may” or “could” or “should” happen in the future.
This recent report says that “There are now over 450 peer-reviewed publications in this field, consisting of studies, reviews and commentaries.”
Here is a list of some of them, made by reputable agencies including the New York State Department of Health, and the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health.
Also included are a couple of good articles, a Professor of Engineering (Dr Anthony Ingraffea, see ‘Myths and Facts’ link) and links to videos with people talking about their own direct experience of fracking. There is also a google earth exploration of what one fracking field in the USA looks like.
- CHEM Trust published a briefing on the effects of fracking entitled ‘Fracking pollution: How toxic chemicals from fracking could affect wildlife and people in the UK’. This is based on their longer report Chemical Pollution from Fracking. For a summary of the CHEM Trust report, please visit this page.
- Report by Medact (a UK-based organisation of “Health professionals for a safer, fairer & better world”).
Together with a letter to the British Medical Journal saying that “The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming.”
- An August 2014 report for the Nova Scotia Department of Energy by the Independent Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing
- A study carried out in July 2014 for the Maryland Departments of Environment and Health by the University of Maryland School of Public Health
- The April 2014 study by The Council of Canadian Academies
- A 2012 environmental impacts study for the European Commission prepared by AEA Technology
- New York State Bans Fracking, with a link to the 176 page report on the risks, produced by the New York State Department of Health:
- The UK government’s report (produced by Defra), with key information blanked out 63 times in only 13 pages.
(Anne McIntosh has asked to see this, but David Cameron is still refusing to release it. Why not, if fracking is so safe?)
- The Concerned Health Professionals of New York report on fracking, second edition:
- ‘Physicians for Social Responsibility‘ article on the health effects of fracking fluids:
- The Chartered Institute for Environmental Health‘s summary of key evidence concerning the environmental, health and wellbeing, and socio-economic aspects of fracking for shale gas in the UK:
- Breast Cancer UK fact sheet on fracking:
- Academics from Warwick Business School and University College London have advised policymakers that, for continuing economic, social and environmental reasons, the UK’s gas strategy should assume that there will be no domestically produced shale gas.:
- Chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing:
- Myths and facts about fracking, includes links to a variety of detailed sources:
- A list of 243 known cases in Pennsylvania USA, where companies prospecting for oil or gas (using both conventional and unconventional means) were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells: (Note that there are perhaps as many as 80-90 private water wells in Ryedale)
- A citizen-produced list of the individuals and families known to have so far been harmed by fracking (or fracked gas and oil production) in the USA:
- An article published by the Centre for Research on Globalization (an independent, non-profit research and media organisation based in Montreal, Canada)
- A variety of videos, with several that include people with direct experience of fracking:
- And a google earth tour of what a fracking field in Texas looks like. Do you really want this in the UK?