EXAGGERATED FRACKING FEARS ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Ivo Vegter
Independent Journalist

 

Abstract
Activists opposed to shale gas drilling, or “fracking”, as it is commonly known, have raised a wide range of fears about its environmental and human health impacts. Many have been discredited by subsequent scientific research, industry data, or regulatory assessments. Others are dramatically exaggerated in support of the environmental lobby’s agenda to prohibit shale gas development at all costs. Risks do exist, as they do with any industrial activity, but they are likely to prove manageable. Skepticism of industry claims is a given. Skepticism of environmental lobby claims ought to be just as strong. Ironically, research indicates that fearmongering itself can lead to adverse health impacts in regions affected by shale gas development. In this brief overview, Ivo Vegter offers his opinion that anti-fracking claims by activists cannot be trusted. Exploration will go ahead, and is necessary to learn the extent of the resource and to clarify the risks and benefits of developing it. To do so, a less fearful and more scientific assessment of risks and risk mitigation is needed.

 

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EXAGGERATED FRACKING FEARS ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH

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