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Fracking: ENVI committee backs better assessment of risks

HEAL recently sent a letter to members of the ENVI committee in the European Parliament calling on them to support the Zanoni Report which modifies the EIA Directive to address the exploration and extraction in Europe of shale gas and other unconventional hydrocarbons.

Fracking has immense potential to negatively impact human health and environmental quality. HEAL urged members of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament to pay their utmost attention to the issue, and vote to support the Zanoni Report.

Risks from fracking and other unconventional hydrocarbons include an increase in the rate of cancer, asthma, learning disorders, obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. These risks occur from contaminated water, air and soil through high volumes of toxic chemicals, immense combustion engine use, and the extraction of underground naturally occurring toxic chemicals and radioactive materials, leaking of greenhouse gases, and noise pollution to name a few.

The proposals set out in the Zanoni report, which passed the Committee with a very large majority, allow the EU to avoid the mistakes being made in the USA with regards to the negative environmental and health damages from fracking and other unconventional energy sources.

The upcoming plenary vote is due in October.

Originally posted on 7 October 2013

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