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Emerging public debate on health and environment impacts of fracking

In Europe, the public debate on fracturing shale gas and oil is finally gaining momentum, following the many concerns voiced from the health and environment community about the implications of this new technology. A highly influential member of the European Parliament, MEP Jo Leinen, has just proposed to introduce an EU law on energy quality. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is very pleased to hear of this proposal to tackle shale gas and oil fracturing. HEAL has been one of the first organisations to flag up the multi-faceted health & environment problems of fracturing in Europe, because of the concerns on its impact on air and water quality and the toxic chemicals involved, as well as the climate change implications.

HEAL will be highlighting the health concerns surrounding shale gas at the meeting on 13th July on “Shale Gas Drilling and Underground Water - A Discussion” chaired by MEP Cristina Gutierrez-Cortines, President of the European Water Forum at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (ITRE) will also be holding a hearing on shale gas currently set for 5 October 2011 entitled "Prospects for shale gas in the EU" at the European Parliament in Brussels. Programme in development, visit the ITRE website for more details.

Originally posted on 12 July 2011

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