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Am J Public Health. 2013 Jul;103(7):1161-3. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301285. Epub 2013 May 16.

The shale gas boom and the need for rational policy.

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Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

High-volume, slick water hydraulic fracturing of shale relies on pumping millions of gallons of surface water laced with toxic chemicals and sand under high pressure to create fractures to release the flow of gas. The process, however, has the potential to cause serious and irreparable damage to the environment and the potential for harm to human and animal health. At issue is how society should form appropriate policy in the absence of well-designed epidemiological studies and health impact assessments. The issue is fraught with environmental, economic, and health implications, and federal and state governments must establish detailed safeguards and ensure regulatory oversight, both of which are presently lacking in states where hydraulic fracturing is allowed.

PMID:
23678928
PMCID:
PMC3682621
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2013.301285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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