Tim Thornton has been a GP in North Yorkshire for 30 years with interests from maternity care through to terminal care. Born in Yorkshire, worked in Kenya and moved back to his Yorkshire home to train and practice. Tim is now semi retired but works part-time around Ryedale which leaves flexibility to be more public health orientated when volunteering in the Kalahari in Namibia.
Getting an understanding of the health, social and environmental impacts of fracking has been a slow and uncertain process. To enable others to understand more readily what the issues are, Tim and Eddie have collected scientific papers and review articles and created this website to share information.
After a period at the BBC, Eddie Thornton spent two years working on a cattle ranch in Argentina. Living with the gauchos of Patagonia he developed an interest in sustainability and organic agriculture. He is now making organic cheese in Botton Village, a community for adults with learning disabilities on the North York Moors.
Eddie’s main concern about fracking is the environmental impact. The scientific reports coming out of the US and Australia, air pollution, water contamination and risk to public health seem to be the unavoidable cost of this industry.
Our government seeks to assure us that in Britain it will be different, but from our understanding of the technology, fracking cannot be carried out without massive environmental impact. Since the announcement that the UK was going all out for shale gas, we have been trying to collect information on the likely consequences.
This website is a collection of what we have learned and continue to learn. We’re publishing it to help others make an informed opinion about impact of fracking.
Many of the papers have come from USA where high volume horizontal fracturing (fracking) was developed and rolled out, in its current form, only 10 years ago. A collection of papers from New York State concerned health professionals has been very helpful at giving access to a range of scientific articles and reports from government agencies. The number of scientific reports on the impact of fracking has grown hugely in the last two years leading some to believe there should be caution in our approach to deployment of this technology in the UK.
There feels to be an urgency in 2015 to ensure access to scientific assessment of the health and other risks from fracking. To address this need for information there is a collection of papers, comments and references to rummage through. In addition, regular blogs will give an ongoing flow of information.
A little patience please as we gather information over the next few days and arrange it on the site.