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Watterson A (2016) Speakers corner. To frack or not to frack? Why is that not a global public health question and how should public health practitioners address it?, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70 (3), pp. 219-220.
First paragraph: Large-scale unconventional gas extraction (UGE) includes coal bed methane, shale gas and coal gas. It may involve fracking or fracturing of shale and other seams via wells. Fracking is planned or underway in North America, Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia. Frackers make great profits and assure those to be fracked that the activity, product and any minimal pollution will be tightly regulated and carefully run by the companies. Hence communities will be safe, the energy supply will be better for the environment and jobs and economic growth will be created. Some who are being fracked also receive financial benefits and are happy with the process. Others so fracked are not.
|Publication date online||11/08/2015|
|Date accepted by journal||27/07/2015|
|Publisher||BMJ Publishing Group|
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: Volume 70, Issue 3