Have Your Say
G LEVELL, of Tonna, proposes the harmful effects of fracking have been overlooked, based on US experience (Have Your Say, August 28).
He should think again! He overlooks one aspect of fracking that has received no press coverage in the UK but has been prominent in the US, the prospective human health hazard of using fracked shale gas.
Health Minister Anna Soubry told MP Paul Flynn earlier this year that Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) "is preparing a report identifying potential public health issues and concerns, including radon (release/emissions) that might be associated with aspects of hydraulic fracturing.
PHE is concerned to evaluate the potential risks of radon gas being pumped into citizens' homes as part of the shale gas stream. Unless the gas is stored for several days to allow the radon's radioactivity to naturally reduce, this is potentially very dangerous.
Radon is unquestionably the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
The public surely will demand facts on fracking. Public Health England's forthcoming report is eagerly awaited. And what does the Welsh Health Minister think of this ?
Dr David Lowry
Environmental policy and research consultant, Stoneleigh, Surrey