Scientific evidence and justification to substantiate the concerns about ‘Fracking’ are important – below are a small number of selected web resources.

We are currently in the process of scrutinising information relating to the Dee Estuary, Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales and will upload our research as soon as possible.

Please contact FFDee if you find any resources that you think should be included here.

An Excellent piece by grass roots avtivist group Frack-Off – Wells, wells and more Wells

UK Specific

  • CHEM Trust – Fracking Pollution: How Toxic Chemicals From Fracking Could Affect Wildlife And People In The UK And EU
    July 2015
    Widespread fracking threatens many of our valuable wildlife sites, this technology has a high potential to pollute sensitive aquatic ecosystems and harm human health. We know from experience in the USA that fracking wells leak & accidents happen.
    Dr Michael Warhurst, Gwen Buck, Philip Lightowlers –
  • CHEM Trust – Chemical Pollution From Fracking
    July 2015
    There is a clear potential for fracking to cause serious incidents in the UK and Europe especially as fracking is likely to be positioned closer to people as population densities are higher than in the US.
    Philip J Lightowlers for CHEM Trust
  • Rebutting and Responding to Criticism of the Medact Report on Fracking and Health
    April 2015
    All substantive criticisms have been looked at in detail, but none give reason to change the conclusions and recommendations of the Medact report.
    David McCoy and Patrick Saunders – Medact
  • MEDACT Full UK Report – Health & Fracking
    March 2015
    While the precise level of risk to human health is indeterminate, the health hazards involved are substantial. No assurance can be given that the (UK regulatory) system is adequately robust and protective of human and ecological health.
    Dr David McCoy, Dr Patrick Saunders, Dr Frank Rugman, Mike Hill, Dr Ruth Wood, Dr Adam Law, Jake Hays, Professor George Morris, John Bisset, Dr Angela Raffle, Dr John Middleton, David Kidney – MEDACT, The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Squre, London.
  • MEDACT Shale Gas Production in England – updated public health assessment
    July 07, 2016
    This new report reaches broadly the same conclusions as the 2015 report Health and Fracking, however it is now supported by a much larger body of evidence published in the year since the first report was produced.  In the last year over 350 academic papers of various sorts have been published, examining the impacts of high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) for shale gas on air and water quality, health, climate change, social wellbeing, economics, noise and light pollution, and seismic events. This new report updates the findings of a review of the latest evidence.
  • British Medical Journal – Open Letter
    March 2015
    The arguments against fracking on public health and ecological grounds are overwhelming. There are clear grounds for adopting the precautionary principle and prohibiting fracking.
    Dr Robin Stott, Co-Chair, Climate and Health Council Professor Sue Atkinson CBE, Co-Chair, Climate and Health Counci Professor Hugh Montgomery, UCL Professor Maya Rao OBE Professor Martin McKee, LSHTM Dr Clare Gerada, GP and former Chair of RGCP Dr Christopher Birt, University of Liverpool and Christie Hospital, Manchester Professor John Yudkin, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCL Dr Sheila Adam, former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Klim McPherson, Chair of the UK Health Forum Dr John Middleton, Vice President UKFPH Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, KCL Helen Gordon, Board Member, Climate and Health Council Dr Frank Boulton, Medact and Southampton University Dr Sarah Walpole, Academic Clinical Fellow Professor Allyson Pollock, QMUL Dr Julie Hotchkiss, Acting Director of Public Health at City of a York Council Professor Jennie Popay, Lancaster University
  • MEDACT Letter to Lancashire County Council Councillors
    December 2014
    A review of the potential health impacts of exposures to chemical and radioactive pollutants from shale gas extraction produced by Public Health England is inadequate and incomplete; and arrived at an erroneous, unsubstantiated and misleading conclusion.
  • British Medical Journal – Mistaking best practices for actual practices
    April 2014
    A focus on mostly hypothetical regulatory and engineering solutions may mistake best practices for actual practices, and supplants the empirical with the theoretical.
    Adam Law, clinical assistant professor of medicine, Jake Hays, program director, Seth B Shonkoff, executive director, Madelon L Finkel, professor of clinical public health.
  • Breast Cancer UK Fact Sheet: Fracking
    January 2014
    Breast Cancer UK has strong concerns about the potentially adverse health effects of increased exposure to harmful chemicals as a result of fracking.
    Breast Cancer UK
  • Shale gas: an updated assessment of environmental and climate change impacts
    November 2011
    This report explores the environmental risks and climate change implications arising from shale gas extraction. It also outlines potential UK and global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the exploitation of shale reserves.
    A report by researchers at the Tyndall Centre University of Manchester

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