IMPACTS OF GAS DRILLING ON HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH

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IMPACTS OF GAS DRILLING ON HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH

Postby HVPA_research » Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:57 pm

* Link to an original scientific article from USA *

The article demonstrates health hazards associated with the uncontrolled use of dangerous chemicals by the unconventional gas industry. It also show how difficult is the research in this area when both the industry and regulators fail to collect and publish scientific data.


NEW SOLUTIONS, Vol. 22(1) 51-77, 2012
Scientific Solutions
IMPACTS OF GAS DRILLING ON HUMAN AND ANIMAL HEALTH
MICHELLE BAMBERGER ROBERT E. OSWALD
ABSTRACT
Environmental concerns surrounding drilling for gas are intense due to expansion of shale gas drilling operations. Controversy surrounding the impact of drilling on air and water quality has pitted industry and lease- holders against individuals and groups concerned with environmental protection and public health. Because animals often are exposed continually to air, soil, and groundwater and have more frequent reproductive cycles, animals can be used as sentinels to monitor impacts to human health. This study involved interviews with animal owners who live near gas drilling operations. The findings illustrate which aspects of the drilling process may lead to health problems and suggest modifications that would lessen but not eliminate impacts. Complete evidence regarding health impacts of gas drilling cannot be obtained due to incomplete testing and disclosure of chemicals, and nondisclosure agreements. Without rigorous scientific studies, the gas drilling boom sweeping the world will remain an uncontrolled health experiment on an enormous scale.
Keywords: hydraulic fracturing, shale gas drilling, veterinary medicine, environmental toxicology




—Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream (Da Capo Press, 2010)


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http://ntn.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Bamberger_Oswald_NS22_in_press1.pdf
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