The Fracking debate is full of very poor quality 'information. The bulk of these involve
- misinterpreted data,
- false health studies that are not accepted by experts
- made up stories
- incidents that are nothing to do with fracking, and many variations on the above themes.
This page will only use authoritative sources, from eminent organisations.
The Royal Academy of Engineering (under the Royal Society banner) report states 'The health, safety and environmental risks associated with hydraulic fracturing (often termed ‘fracking’) as a means to extract shale gas can be managed effectively in the UK as long as operational best practices are implemented and enforced through regulation. Hydraulic fracturing is an established technology that has been used in the oil and gas industries for many decades. The UK has 60 years’ experience of regulating onshore and offshore oil and gas industries.'
Their report covers all of the areas that people get worried about, and made 10 recommendations, all of which are in place or ongoing. Mike Hill made claims that these have been ignored but he was later shown to have a tunuous grasp of reality.
The RAE and RS are the pinnacle of science in the UK. There is no higher authority!
Public Health England stated in 2014 The currently available evidence indicates that the potential risks to public health from exposure to emissions associated with the shale gas extraction process are low if operations are properly run and regulated. Where potential risks have been identified in other countries, the reported problems are typically due to operational failure. Good on-site management and appropriate regulation of all aspects of exploratory drilling, gas capture as well as the use and storage of hydraulic fracturing fluid is essential to minimise the risks to the environment and health.
The PHE Cover note states that PHE will be involved in all upcoming shale gas operations, and as such are current with latest developments.
PHE are the body responsible for public health and have a duty to be fully informed and up to date.
There are a series of publications from the DECC that cover various concerns and present a simple explaination of possible areas for concern. These include
The British Geological Survey has produced information to inform the public on this link
The Scottish Government in 2014 published a study done by independent specialists, and they reached similar conclusions to the Royal Academy of Engineering. Its safe if done properly.
The European Academies Science Advisory Committee, EASAC, also published a study that concluded that here were no technical reasons not to do this, stating that concerns 'can be mitigated by use of best practices and proper regulation'.