‘Safe fracking’ report hailed by chief

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The company which wants to frack for shale gas in Lancashire has welcomed a report finding that the risk to public health is “low” if the industry is properly regulated.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has also welcomed Public Health England’s final report on the potential public health impacts of exposure to chemical and radioactive pollutants as a result of fracking.

Francis Egan, chief executive of Cuadrilla, which is planning to drill at two sites, said: “This confirms that the country’s leading authorities in public and environmental health are agreed that shale operations pose a low risk to human health if properly run and regulated.

“For our two new proposed exploration sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood, Cuadrilla has delivered on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health’s recommendation that environmental impact assessments should be undertaken for shale gas operations.

“Our assessments have been undertaken by leading environmental and engineering consultancy Arup, and represent thousands of hours of meticulous work by their technical experts working alongside my team, during which we’ve worked hard to incorporate feedback from local people.”

Graham Jukes, CIEH Chief Executive, said: “The CIEH does not object to shale gas extraction provided the impacts and remediation of those impacts are fully understood and taken into account and this report is an important contribution to the information base surrounding this process.”

Cuadrilla’s applications have yet to be considered by Lancashire County Council.