Karen Benton Rose

The government’s own publications admit that there are risks posed to air quality by the fracking industry. We are expected to trust that regulations will be followed and that there will be effective monitoring. (It is hard to have faith in the monitoring of fracking sites when there were 19 breaches of environment agency permits at West Newton, Holderness in 2014.) 

“There are two potential air pollution risks: • Emissions from well completion and flowback fluids …• Emissions from production and associated equipment e.g. compressors or trucks.” … “The largest impacts on local air quality are likely to come from on-site diesel generators, exhaust from vehicles travelling to and from the site (typically for the delivery and removal of water), and the dust created by disturbing the soil.” (1)

(See here for more detailed information on truck movements.)

(1) Department For Energy and Climate Change (2014). Fracking UK shale: local air quality. London: Department of Energy & Climate Change. p2-4.

More Information

See the excellent website of Dr Tim Thornton (North Yorkshire GP) for more information on Air Pollution near fracking sites including research which points to the damaging effects on children in particular.

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