Seminar: Health and Environmental implications of Shale Fracturing for Natural Gas
HEAL’s European efforts to raise awareness about the potential harm to health from hydraulic fracturing of shale gas includes the need for a precautionary approach.
Last year, the health and environmental implications were prompted by a call from a leading international environmental health scientist, Sandra Steingraber in her speech to the European Parliament together with HEAL.
At the HEAL seminar in Brussels on 7 October, Lisette van Vliet gave a presentation on health and fracking. Participants also heard from a European Commission expert and about the experience in France where licenses for fracking are being revoked.
HEAL and its members are calling better health and environmental impact assessment and greater public consultation on fracking. The seminar also included a presentation by Francios Veillerete, President of Generation Futures (formerly MDRGF) who discussed the work in his latest book with Marine Jobet entitled La vraie scandale de gaz de schiste (The real scandal of shale gas). His concerns can be summed up as "the use of dangerous chemical substances, contamination of groundwater, consumption of a large amount of water, and destruction of the landscape.”
Originally posted on 19 October 2011