Barbara has for some time had concerns about the health implications that fracking for shale gas may have on her constituents.
Correspondence in the Lancet journal draws attention to health issues that have emerged for populations within a 10-mile radius around gas sites in the United States. Oil and gas engineer, Mike Hill, has written in the Lancet to highlight various adverse health impacts reported in the US. Hill says that it may be irresponsible to undertake any further fracking in the UK until studies into the health impacts of fracking are completed.
The article also draws attention to weaknesses in shale gas regulation in the UK. The Conservative-led Government has only implemented in full one of the ten recommendations on shale gas extraction from the Working Group of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering.
“I have always had a concern that too little is known about the possible health implications of exploring or fracking for shale gas. I agree that we need to see studies on the health impacts before any further fracking or shale gas exploration in the UK.
“It worries me that an untried process using toxic and carcinogenic chemicals is allowed on sites in urban areas like Salford. It worries me that people are living, working and going to school within a short distance of such a process.
“It is time we took a step back and considered the health and well-being of our communities rather than the rush for shale gas which the Conservative-led Government seems determined to allow”