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The Ethical and Moral Considerations of Fracking

The Right Reverend Graham Cray made, I thought, a very moving and thoughtful address at the meeting in Pickering on 29th July. The text of the his address is attached and bears reading and digesting. I am very grateful for his clear understanding of what it means to ‘Love thy neighbour’.The Ethical and Moral Considerations […]

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Loads of papers and reviews to pass on. Might be a dusty read but worth the effort.

References and useful reports.

Publications of potential interest The order is of no significance. Toward an understanding of the environmental and publichealth impacts of shale gas development: an analysis of thepeer-reviewed scientific literature. PSE Healthy Energy While research continues to lag behind the rapid scaling of unconventional forms of oil and gas development, there has been a surge of […]

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Avoid areas of dense fracking wells. What about 50 from one pad?

In summary, hydraulic fracturing as determined by well number or density had a significant association with cardiology inpatient prevalence rates, while well density had a significant association with neurology inpatient prevalence rates. While the clinical significance of the association remains to be shown, UGOD has just begun in Pennsylvania, and thus observing a significant association […]

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The Task Force on Shale Gas second report

Finally, we have been clear since taking the helm of this important piece of work that the Task Force will be open and transparent. Funded by the shale gas industry, using mainly government reports and university departments funded by the oil and gas industry and seeking to reassure the electorate while only recommending regulation on […]

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Gas pollution blows in the wind.

Emissions linked to hydraulic fracturing, the method of drilling for natural gas commonly known as “fracking,” can be detected hundreds of miles away in states that that forbid or strictly control the practice, according to a UMD study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment. The study is among the latest data presented in the ongoing […]

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Facts before Fracks. An evening of presentations and Q and A’s in Pickering

Tim Thornton is hosting and chairing an evening event on Wednesday July 29th, looking at some of the science, health and environmental impacts and moral issues around fracking. Starting at 6.30pm at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering – YO18 8NG – we will have three distinguished speakers giving their perspective on fracking followed by an […]

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A series of Government assistances towards fracking in UK

Fracking could begin in the UK sooner than previously expected, following the government’s decision to award onshore oil and gas exploration licences in two stages, fast tracking the applicants whose proposals do not require extensive environmental assessment. The department for energy and climate change (DECC) will grant a number of licences from the fourteenth round […]

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People who live near fracking sites suffer higher rates of heart conditions and neurological illnesses

People who live in fracking zones appear to suffer a higher rate of heart conditions and neurological illnesses, according to new research. Although the US study was unable to determine a specific reason, it suggests there may be a link between drilling and ill health, scientists said. Residents in high-density areas of fracking made 27 […]

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Silica Exposures in Fracking. Over 60% of the workplace may be excessively exposed.

At least 1.7 million US workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica each year, this according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This exposure can lead to silicosis, an irreversible, and sometimes fatal, lung disease that is only caused by inhaling respirable silica dust. Silica exposure also puts exposed workers at risk […]

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A Comprehensive Analysis of Groundwater Quality in The Barnett Shale Region

The UT Arlington team tested 550 water samples collected from public and private water wells in North Texas’ Barnett Shale region over the past three years. It found elevated levels of 10 different metals as well as the presence of 19 different chemicals compounds including so-called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) compounds associated […]

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Royal Society and Academy of Engineering – report

Hydraulic fracturing is an established technology that has been used in the oil and gas industries for many decades. Since 2003. Concerns have been raised about the risk of fractures propagating from shale formations to reach overlying aquifers. Now confirmed Ensuring well integrity must remain the highest priority to prevent contamination. The probability of well […]

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New York State review recommends a ban on fracking in the State.

New York State Department of Health Completes Review of High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing. Acting DOH Commissioner Zucker Recommends Activity Should Not Move Forward in New York State. DEC Commissioner Martens Will Issue a Findings Statement Early Next Year to Prohibit High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing. The state Department of Health has completed its public health review of high-volume […]

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Concerned Health Professionals of New York. An updating compendium.

Executive Summary – Compendium. Concerned Health Professionals of New York. Evidence of risks, harms, and associated trends demonstrated by this Compendium: Evidence of risks, harms, and associated trends demonstrated by this Compendium: • Air pollution – Studies increasingly show that air pollution associated with drilling and fracking operations is a grave concern with a range […]

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RSPB and others commissioned a wide ranging report.

Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the UK: Examining the evidence for potential environmental impacts RSPB Angling Trust, National Trust, Salmon & Trout Association, The Wildlife Trusts and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust We found that commercial-scale fracking, which requires considerable development across the countryside, would threaten wildlife and the water environment in a range of […]

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The Public Health England report is the ‘Go-To’ report for many. Here are selected concerns.

Review of the Potential Public Health Impacts of Exposures to Chemical and Radioactive Pollutants as a Result of the Shale Gas Extraction Process PHE In response to emerging public concern regarding the process of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas extraction, and requests for advice from national and local agencies, the PHE Centre for Radiation, Chemical […]

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Loads of papers and reviews to pass on. Might be a dusty read but worth the effort.

So many (too many?) reviews on fracking confirm risks or actual harm.

I dont apologise for the many views and papers that follow. I have made notes on them but to ensure I haven’t altered the overall meaning then please dive into the original by following the links. A few quotes UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT ALERT SERVICE Nov 2012 While offering economic and energy security benefits, Unconventional […]

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