Frack Free Lancashire
PRESS RELEASE 24 August 2017
INCREASED RISK OF NEGATIVE HEALTH OUTCOMES AND FRACKING SITE PROXIMITY
A new report published yesterday has found that people living within one mile of active fracking wells are at an increased risk of heart and neurological diseases, cancers and adverse birth outcomes.
The report was written by Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers (PSE) for Healthy Energy, a non-profit research institute; the University of California, Berkeley; and Harvey Mudd College. It is the first peer-reviewed nationwide measurement in the USA of the number of people living in close proximity to actively producing oil and gas wells.
Lead author and research associate at PSE, Eliza Czolowski, stated:
“Our study was specifically designed to determine how many Americans have increased health risks from potential exposure to pollutants emitted from oil and gas development.”
Dr Frank Rugman, from Preston New Road Action Group, said:
“At Little Plumpton, unfortunate residents just 350 metres from the site may also be subjected to night-time noise at 42 dB. Sleep disturbance, particularly in vulnerable residents, can aggravate cardiovascular and arterial disease, impair cognitive function and impair learning in children.
“Despite industry claims of safety and ‘better regulations’, reports of air or water pollution and negative health impacts continue to accumulate.”
A spokesperson for Frack Free Lancashire commented:
“This new report validates our serious concerns about the potential health risks which will arise as a direct result of turning the Fylde into the largest onshore gas field in Western Europe. The government has so far refused to consider minimum set-backs between fracking sites and places where people live, play and learn.
“With evidence mounting on the negative impacts from air, light and noise pollution that follow fracking wherever it imposes itself, this issue can no longer be conveniently swept under the carpet. We urgently call upon our MP, Mark Menzies, to recognise its importance and hold the government to account.”
Notes for the Editor:
- Toward Consistent Methodology to Quantify Populations in Proximity to Oil and Gas Development: A National Spatial Analysis and Review
- Preston New Road Action Group heads to the High Court in London next week, in a further challenge to the Secretary of State’s overrule of Lancashire County Council’s refusal of Cuadrilla’s planning application for exploratory fracking.
- Campaigner Claire Stephenson and Dr Frank Rugman will next week, attend Public Health England to submit a petition for the review and update of Public Health England’s report on fracking and health in the UK.