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Fracking poses little health risk to UK public, says report

Shale-gas development poses little risk to public health, according to a new report by the UK government

The report, published by Public Health England (PHE) on 31 October, examined the potential impacts of chemicals and radioactive material from all stages of shale-gas extraction, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking). It said as long as shale-gas operations are “properly run and regulated” there should be little risk to either human health from emissions or to groundwater supplies. Good on-site management and appropriate regulation of all aspects of exploratory drilling, gas capture and storage of fracking fluids are essential to minimise the risks to the environment and human health, the report said. The report recommends environmental monitoring at shale-gas development sites to prov

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